It would be safe to say that the Highland Rams were looking for a little revenge when they met Bountiful on the second day of the Region 5 tournament Tuesday.
After all, the region-leading Braves had handily beaten the Rams earlier in the season, although Highland star Logan Tom was not playing due to an injury.Tom and her teammates didn't take long to exact their vengeance, handing the Braves a humbling 15-3, 15-8 defeat. The loss was the first in region play for Bountiful (10-1), while Highland crept a bit closer to the top spot with a 10-2 mark.
"Our kids were gearing up for this," said Highland coach Kim Norman. "We knew that they were No. 1 in region and with our two losses catching them would not be likely."
Tom made sure the Braves knew she was playing in this game. The first-team all-stater opened the match with a block for point and added three kills for points as the Rams raced to a 7-0 lead before Bountiful's first serve of the match. It wasn't much longer before Highland wrapped up the first game 15-3 on an ace by Carrie Bowers.
A tongue-lashing by head coach Jill Avery before the second game seemed to inspire the Braves, who quickly grabbed a 4-1 lead and were still on top 7-4 before the Rams rallied.
Behind the serve of Brittany Bates, Highland reeled off eight-straight points to take the lead, and then a pair of Brave hitting errors locked up the match for the Rams.
"The big key was right at the first when Logan Tom made that great block," said Avery. "(Highland) handled the pressure mentally and we folded in parts."
Tom finished the match with 14 kills on 20 attempts for Highland, and Martha Brinton added 22 assists. Jillana Watson had five kills to lead Bountiful.
In Tuesday's other matches:
Davis def. Layton 12-15, 15-7, 15-11: Mandy Thornton pounded out 13 kills and Telenia Leota added 30 assists as the Darts popped the Lancers.
Clearfield def. Viewmont 12-15, 18-16, 16-14: The Falcons managed to pull out a tough victory over the Vikings.
Northridge def. Cottonwood 15-5, 15-2: Angie Kap had seven kills and four aces in pacing the Knights past the Colts.
Bingham def. Kearns 15-5, 15-12: Heather Gilmore had 10 kills and Jenni Applegate added five more in a Miner victory.
Copper Hills def. Granger 15-6, 9-15, 15-10: Sheryl Molen tallied 12 kills to pace the Grizzlies past the Lancers.
West Jordan def. Taylorsville 14-16, 15-12, 15-8: Ruth Crockett slammed home 14 kills, Jill Larsen added 11 kills and 13 blocks and Teri Hartwell dished out 37 assists as the Jaguars stunned the Warriors.
Alta def. Jordan 15-8, 15-4: Christina Cavanaugh's seven kills and Brooke Maloy's 16 assists paved the way for a Hawk win.
Orem def. Brighton 15-12, 15-8: Jamie Mendenhall recorded five digs, three aces and three kills for the Bengals in their loss to the Tigers.
Hillcrest def. Timpanogos 15-11, 11-15, 15-8: Hilary Hofmann, Kim Holding and Sandy Munnerlyn combined for 25 kills as the Huskies outlasted the T'wolves.
Box Elder def. Bonneville 15-5, 15-4: Karianne McCree and Stephanie Johnson teamed for 21 kills and 12 blocks as the Bees stung the Lakers.
Weber def. Fremont 13-15, 15-11, 15-9: Mandi Layton's 13 assists, five blocks and four kills led the Warriors in their win over the Silver Wolves.
Logan def. Roy 15-8, 15-12: Crystal Howe had five blocks and four kills, but it wasn't enough as the Royals fell to the Grizzlies.
Mountain Crest def. Sky View 15-8, 14-16, 15-8: Shauni Fluckiger and Shanda Hart combined for 15 kills and Katie Fryer dished out 19 assists as the top-ranked Mustangs topped the Bobcats.
Highland def. Cyprus 15-5, 15-9: Logan Tom had 10 kills to lead the Rams past the Pirates. Katrena Ellett had 10 kills for Cyprus.
Bountiful def. Cyprus 8-15, 15-11, 15-8: Jillana Watson had 17 kills and Laura Ariotti dished out a career-high 41 assists in the Brave victory.
East def. Murray 15-3, 15-12: Jade Milo had 16 assists and Katie Boxell tallied eight kills for the victorious Leopards.
Woods Cross def. East 15-3, 15-6: The Wildcats grabbed the road win over the Leopards.
Woods Cross def. Murray: The Wildcats finished the day at 2-0 by dumping the Spartans.
West def. Judge 15-6, 15-11: Cassandra Francis had 10 kills to lead the Panthers past the Bulldogs.
Olympus def. West 18-16, 13-15, 15-5: The Titans managed to outlast the host Panthers.
Judge def. Olympus 15-9, 15-13: The Bulldogs salvaged a win on the day by topping the Titans.
Timpview def. Provo 11-15, 15-12, 15-12: The Thunderbirds capitalized on the poor passing of the Bulldogs for the win, handing Provo its first region loss.
Payson def. American Fork 15-6, 15-11: The strong play of Sarah Rajski couldn't prevent the Cavemen from falling to the Lions.
Pleasant Grove def. Lone Peak 15-9, 15-13: Nicole Hayman pounded out 20 kills to lead the Vikings past the Knights.
Spanish Fork def. Springville 15-9, 10-15, 15-11: Natalie Kidman had eight kills and the Dons recorded 11 team blocks and nine aces in a win over the Red Devils.
Morgan def. Tooele: 12-15, 15-3, 15-2: The Trojans finished the region season unbeaten by rallying back to defeat the Buffaloes thanks to 12 kills by Laraine Turner.
Bear River def. Ogden 15-9, 14-16, 15-10: The Bears hit the road and grabbed a tough win over the Tigers, and then won the coin flip with Ogden to enter the interregion playoffs as the region's fourth-place team.
Granite def. Ben Lomond 15-13, 15-4: The Farmers wrapped up third place in the region by knocking off the Scots.
Union def. Lehi 15-2, 13-15, 15-6: The Cougars finished unbeaten in region play by topping the Pioneers, despite 14 blocks and six kills by Cynthia Schneider.
Wasatch def. Park City 15-7, 15-5: A strong team effort propelled the Wasps past the Miners.
Region 12 tournament
Juab def. South Summit 15-5, 2-15, 15-10: Allyne Bailey served up 13 points for the Wasps in their surprising win over the Wildcats.
North Summit def. Grantsville 15-1, 15-10: Deena Willoughby had six kills and Stacy McQueen added 21 assists for the victorious Braves.
Gunnison at Manti, ppd: A no-show by the officials postponed this match to tonight.
St. Joseph at Rowland Hall, ppd.: Not enough officials forced this match to be moved to tonight.