OREM — It's a meteor. No, it's a cannonball. Wait, no, it's a . . . volleyball?
Holy flying objects, Batman, it IS a volleyball. It's a kill from the hand of one of those Richards sisters. And anyone with any sense of self-preservation better get out of the way because when these girls are on, they smack some serious heat.
Older sister Lauren Richards had seven kills, while sophomore Kristin Richards had six, in Timpanogos' win over Layton in the second round of the 5A state volleyball tournament Friday at UVSC.
And that wasn't a particularly good match for the Richards sisters.
Still, the defending state champion T-wolves made up for some hitting and passing errors with outstanding blocking. Their "roof" was the reason they handily beat Layton, 15-5, 15-11.
The two teams met last year in the championship game of the same tournament. There, Timpanogos won its first state championship in volleyball. The T-wolves went undefeated this year and look ready to take that championship trophy home again.
Timpanogos' net play held normally deadly outside hitter Colleen Huey to four kills for Layton.
"It was a crappy second game," said Timpanogos coach Angie Roberts. "We made some mental mistakes . . . It wasn't very consistent. The first game they looked really good."
On one particularly costly rotation, setter Candice Carter subbed out a little early. So Lauren Richards had to set while she was still on the front row. It caused some confusion and cost the T- wolves some points.
"We just weren't together," Lauren Richards said. "We weren't talking."
Any adjustments for tomorrow?
"We just have to come out with intensity, have fun. I'm not worried."
Nor is her coach, as Timpanogos still managed a quick win over a tough team.
"Nothing too spectacular," she said with a shrug. "We have a tough bracket and it only gets harder.
The T-wolves will face BINGHAM/JORDAN at 1 p.m. Saturday in the semifinal round of play. SCORE.