SANDY — The Alta High volleyball team knew it had the talent to compete with the state's top teams. Coach Mike Gansauge said it took something besides confidence to help them win games, however.
"With this team, we're a really young team," he said after Alta beat fourth-ranked Bingham in five games, 25-19, 23-25, 25-17, 21-25, 15-10. "So right now, we're just trying to stay loose and have fun . . . That's been one of the best parts about this year is that they've bonded so quickly and they get a long great."
The team seemed to be having a great time as the Hawks battled a talented Miner squad on their home court. Both teams were in every game, and the players treated fans to lengthy rallies and some great plays.
Gansauge was most impressed with how his team worked together, especially since several younger players were asked to come in and play positions they normally don't in an effort to deal with Bingham's great outside hitting.
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"We were just trying to improve on what we did Tuesday," he said, referring to the Hawks' win over Copper Hills. "I thought it was a great team effort . . . It's tough to come in off the bench and play when you're cold."
And then, of course, the Hawks got great games from starters Sydney Anderson, who had 19 kills, Rochelle Johnson, who had five solo blocks, and Bethany Carron, who was strong hitting from the outside.
The team had a lot to deal with as Bingham played scrappy and didn't give up a single point without a fight. But then again, that's what Alta expected.
"We knew it was an important game," Gansauge said. "Bingham always has a good team."
In other prep action:
VIEWMONT DEF. DAVIS 25-15, 27-25, 25-17:Cidney Judkins had 15 kills and 14 digs to lead Viewmont to a straight set win over Davis.
FREMONT DEF. LAYTON 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 15-12: Fremont overcame a late Layton charge to hold on for the win in Region 1 play.
NORTHRIDGE DEF. WEBER 21-25, 25-16, 31-29, 25-16:Kaytie Thorpe had 12 kills for the Warriors in a losing effort to the Knights.
BRIGHTON DEF. RIVERTON 20-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-14:Sage Aune added 7 kills and six blocks for the Lady Bengals as they beat Riverton in Region 2 play.
WEST JORDAN DEF. JORDAN 20-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20, 15-11:Kayleigh Endemann handily assisted West Jordan in the win against cross-town Jordan.
HUNTER DEF. GRANGER 25-11, 25-20, 25-18:Celest Alofipo had nine kills for Hunter while Caroline Marshall added five stuffs in a straight-sets win over Granger.
COTTONWOOD DEF. KEARNS 25-13, 25-17, 25-22:Dani Schaap had 23 assists for the Colts as they easily handle the Kearns squad in three games.
SKYLINE DEF. TAYLORSVILLE 25-16, 22-25, 25-15, 25-16: Skyline fired 15 aces as a team to cruise to an easy victory over Taylorsville. Melissa Osterloh had 18 kills in the win.
SKY VIEW DEF. LOGAN 25-23, 25-16, 25-14:Jamie Kidd had four kills as an emotional team leader for the Bobcats in their Region 4 win over the Grizzlies.
BOUNTIFUL DEF. CYPRUS 25-10, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14:Krystel Warren had 27 digs with Jen Egbert's 5 blocks leading Bountiful over Cyprus.
WOODS CROSS DEF. EAST 25-11, 25-15, 25-21:Kaylynn Thompson had eight kills and six blocks to lead Woods Cross to a shutout win over East. Kathryn Lovell had 14 kills while Chelsea Hatfield added five aces in the win for the Wildcats.
MURRAY DEF. HIGHLAND 20-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-18:Lori Baird had 15 kills and Blakely Peppinger had 35 assists in the Spartans' win at Highland.
WEST DEF. OLYMPUS 18-25, 25-9, 25-18, 25-16: The Panthers dominated the Titans after dropping the first game to even their record.
LONE PEAK DEF. OREM 25-2, 25-13, 25-18: Lone Peak handled Orem with a solid performance from Chase Palmer, in a region win for the Knights.
MOUNTAIN VIEW DEF. TIMPANOGOS 25-11, 25-19, 21-25, 25-17: Ashley Henry led the Bruins to a four-game victory over the T-Wolves.
LEHI DEF. EMERY 15-25, 25-20, 25-23, 26-24:Kami Curtis had 32 assists for Lehi in a victory over Emery.
DELTA DEF. CARBON 17-25, 14-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-13: Delta battled back after losing the first two games to win against a worthy Carbon squad.
JUDGE MEMORIAL DEF. GRANITE 25-15, 25-21, 14-25, 25-10:Christina Hadlow and Tina Kolkebeck had eight kills each as the Bulldogs beat Granite in four.
BEAR RIVER DEF. OGDEN 25-15, 25-23, 16-25, 25-19: Bear River needed four sets to take care of Ogden in a Region 11 matchup.
JUAN DIEGO DEF. JUAB 25-22, 26-24, 18-25, 25-10: Juan Diego's Stacy Smith and LeAnn Welly combined for 29 points in the Soaring Eagle's victory over Juab.
SOUTH SUMMIT DEF. ROWLAND HALL 20-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-22: South Summit beat Rowland Hall solidly with a great team effort on Thursday.
ST. JOSEPH DEF. MOUNT VERNON 25-19, 25-11, 25-7:Rocki Lam had 10 aces as St. Joesph defeated Mount Vernon quickly only needing three games.
NORTH SANPETE DEF. RICHFIELD 22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-20: North Sanpete beat Richfield in four games yesterday. Kelly Larsen had 22 kills while Allison Hamilton added 38 assists.
ENTERPRISE DEF. LINCOLN, NEV. 25-15, 25-20, 25-22:Krystal Simkins had 13 kills and Erika Pickering added 14 digs as Enterprise swept Lincoln, Nev.