It's one year later and nothing seems to have changed for the Skyline High girls volleyball team. Despite losing key players to graduation last year, the Eagles are ranked No. 1 again in the 5A poll and are on a roll as they look to begin region play next week.
Skyline proved its strength Thursday by claiming the championship of the Bingham High Tournament with a 15-8, 15-10 victory over third-ranked Bonneville. It's the second tournament title in as many weeks for the Eagles, who won the Warrior Volleyball Invitational last week.Neither tournament had a patsy field either. Skyline claimed first place in this tourney's round robin with victories over Orem, Bonneville, Bingham and American Fork. Its only loss came in a three-game defeat to fourth-ranked Mountain View.
After receiving a bye in the first round of the mini-tournament, the Eagles again defeated Orem while the Lakers dropped the Miners to advance to the tournament championship. The Eagles had little difficulty in dispatching Bonneville, the team that upset them in the state tournament last season.
Bingham placed third in the tournament, followed by Orem, Mountain View and American Fork.
Elsewhere in the state:
Pleasant Grove Tournament
At Pleasant Grove, the fourth-ranked East Leopards continued to produce a stellar preseason by winning the PG Tournament. East finished with a 5-1 record along with fifth-ranked Provo. However, the Leopards claimed the tourney title by handing the Bulldogs their lone loss. East's sole defeat came at the hands of host Pleasant Grove. Judge placed third with a 4-2 record, followed by Springville (3-3), Pleasant Grove (3-3), Bear River (1-5) and West (0-6).
Weber def. Layton 15-4, 15-4
At Weber, sophomore Beth Virgin recorded eight kills and two blocks to lead the second-ranked Warriors past the Lancers in the region opener for both teams. Weber (1-0) also received six kills and three aces from 1993 MVP Caroline Steuer.
Northridge def. Roy 15-11, 10-15, 15-12
At Northridge, the Knights opened region play with a tough home victory over the Royals. Holly Peterson had 14 kills for Roy (0-1) in a losing effort.
Logan def. Box Elder 15-9, 15-12
At Box Elder, the Grizzlies grabbed an important road victory over the Bees in the region opener for both teams. Holly Nelson's hitting was key for the Logan (1-0) victory.
Sky View def. Ben Lomond 15-2, 15-3
At Ben Lomond, the third-ranked Bobcats used their tall front line to dominate the Scots and win their region opener. Sky View (1-0) blocked well and received a fine serving performance from senior Mari Burningham, who is still bothered by a sore shoulder.
Mountain Crest def. Ogden 15-8, 15-10
At Ogden, Jenny Hoffman's six kills helped lead the second-ranked Mustangs past the Tigers. Dana Perrett added five kills for Mountain Crest (1-0).
Uintah def. Lehi 15-10, 9-15, 15-6
At Lehi, Uintah improved to 2-0 in region play. Lindsay Clark had five kills while Stephanie Stoddard played well defensively for Lehi (0-2).
Union def. Park City 15-4, 15-9
At Park City, senior Gina McKenzie served 11-straight points in the first game to help lead the fifth-ranked Cougars. Tina Osborne's hitting attack also aided Union (1-1) while Katy Moran set well and had four kills for Park City (0-1).
North Sanpete def. Delta 15-8, 13-15, 15-6
At North Sanpete, the top-ranked Hawks used a great team effort to outlast the fourth-ranked Rabbits in the region opener for both teams. After winning the first game, North Sanpete (1-0) dropped the second by blowing a 13-8 lead. Delta (0-1) could not regroup for the third game and fell prey to the Hawks.
Emery def. Richfield 19-17, 15-7
At Emery, junior Marisa Vipperman had eight kills for the Spartans (1-0) while teammate McKelle Stilson's 15 blocks proved too much for Richfield (0-1).
Morgan def. Grantsville 15-8, 15-4
At Morgan, Stephanie Walker had four aces and served 10 points for Morgan (1-1), which handed fifth-ranked Grantsville (1-1) its first region loss.
South Summit def. North Summit 15-8, 15-12
At North Summit, the Wildcats continued their winning ways by defeating the Braves. South Summit improved to 2-0 in region play with the victory while North Summit fell to 0-2.
Millard def. Juab 15-9, 15-12
At Millard, Cynthia Olson and Shelly Nixon combined for 23 kills to lead the Eagles over the Wasps. Natalie Tuttle missed just one of 14 service attempts for Millard (2-0), which dropped Juab to 0-2 in region action.
San Juan def. Monticello 13-15, 15-6, 16-14
At Monticello, the top-ranked Broncos had to come from behind to win their region opener over the scrappy Buckaroos. After splitting the first two games San Juan (1-0) and Monticello (1-1) battled back and forth in the final game to a 14-14 tie before the Broncos posted the final two points and the victory. Courtney Young and Tara Forrest had good hitting and setting games in a losing effort for the Buckaroos.
Intermountain Christian def. Waterford 15-3, 15-9 and 15-3, 15-7
At Waterford, Allison Heiser and Cindy Kimberland combined for 10 kills in the first match for ICHS (2-0) while Katy Hill's seven kills were key to victory in the second. Waterford fell to 0-2 in region play.
Rowland Hall def. Mt. Vernon 15-1, 15-3 and 15-5, 15-0
At Rowland Hall, Allison Miller's setting and hitting led RHSM (2-1) along with Maggie Moore's stong backcourt play.
Murray def. Bountiful 15-12, 15-11
At Murray, the Spartans picked up a needed victory heading into region play by defeating the injury-plagued Braves. Kathy Kendall played well in a losing effort for Bountiful.
Payson def. Tooele 15-1, 15-6
At Tooele, the Lions hit the road and picked up an easy victory over the Buffaloes in their final preseason match.
Alta def. Highland 15-8, 15-8
At Alta, Brooke Oblad, Trudi Eisenhour and Tiffany Ennis combined for 14 blocks as the Hawks's defense led them to victory. Kari Elggren had five kills for Alta while teammate Lorie Gunnell dished out nine assists.
St. Joseph def. Meridian 15-13, 7-15, 15-2
At Meridian, despite the fine play of Nisha Elkington, the Mongooses lost their first match of the season to the St. Joseph Jayhawks.