HIGHLAND — The power of Region 6 once again asserted itself as No. 1 Lone Peak took on No. 4 Orem in a vicious battle for volleyball playoff positioning. This time the Knights took care of business, sweeping the Tigers out of the Lone Peak gym on senior night, 25-15, 25-17, 25-20.
"For us to win on senior night is a good thing," said Lone Peak coach Deanna Meyer, "since we never have."
Ever since their last meeting with the Tigers — which Orem won in a closely contested five-game match — Lone Peak has resolutely improved with each game. Meyer credits the Knights' newfound energy and higher level of play to losing that heartbreaking match on Tiger Boulevard. This time, Orem couldn't hang with the new Knights in any game. Lone Peak took large early leads in both Games 1 and 2 before the Tigers came to life early in Game 3.
"They have some incredible defense," said Meyer about the competition.
"We hit the ball hard, and they were able to come up with some incredible digs and blocks. They have a lot of heart and made us work hard for every point we got."
It was an all-around team effort the Knights put together to exact revenge on the Tigers. Christie Carpenter and Jackie Fotu had 10 kills each and were followed closely by Paige Palmer with eight and Anna Lott with six.
Ashley Hamilton added 32 assists to her own three kills and two blocks.
Everyone on the squad hit over .300 in what Meyer termed a great hitting game.
"I think we're progressing. I think we have consistency to work on,"
Meyer added. "I'd like to think we can still improve before the state tournament in three weeks."
Palmer put forth her best night in several weeks and Fotu is becoming more responsible with her hitting, making sure every hit counts, said Meyer.
She's also pleased with Carpenter's progress, as she talks about the great athletic talent the sophomore possesses.
The Knights only have Mountain View remaining in Region 6 competition and then have a scheduled two-and-a-half weeks off before the tournament starts, but they moved a match versus Cottonwood to that time to try to keep momentum on their side.
Lone Peak now finds themselves standing at 5-2 in its league and is still hopeful Pleasant Grove might stumble and give them a share of the title.
Though the Tigers didn't have a particularly strong match, they did run out to an early lead in Game 3, making it appear they'd extend the Knights to a fourth game, but Lone Peak came roaring back with hammered kills and shoestring digs, making the Tigers wonder what exactly had just hit them.
Tiffany Harward led the Tiger attack with six kills.
In other games Thursday:
DAVIS DEF. CLEARFIELD 25-12, 25-20, 25-16:Kayla Walker had 11 kills and nine digs and Whitney Henry added eight digs to help the Darts sweep the Falcons in three games. McKenzy Flint assisted in 17 Dart points.
VIEWMONT DEF. LAYTON 25-16, 25-10, 25-15:Airial Salvo had 16 kills and Cidney Judkins had 17 assists and five digs for the top-ranked Vikings in a Region 1 victory.
WEBER DEF. FREMONT 26-24, 25-13, 25-20:Jenalyn Oman and Cami Douglas each had eight kills and the latter also had six blocks to help the Warriors sweep the Silver Wolves. Erin Jenkins and Jordan Fuller each had 11 digs for the Warriors.
BRIGHTON DEF. ALTA 18-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21:Sage Aune had 10 kills and six blocks, and Marissa Vandersteen added 12 kills and two blocks to give the Bengals the victory in four games over the Hawks.
BINGHAM DEF. HILLCREST 25-14, 25-20, 25-9:Tiffany Godfrey had nine kills to help the Miners sweep the Huskies in three games. Bingham improved to 7-2 in region play.
JORDAN DEF. COPPER HILLS 25-22, 25-17, 25-21:Sarah McOmber had nine kills, and Adrian Nielsen added 13 digs for the Beetdiggers in their three-game sweep of the Grizzlies.
WEST JORDAN DEF. RIVERTON 25-16, 25-16, 25-21:Sarah Bateman had 17 kills in West Jordan's win. Moe Ki added 30 assists and Shannon McCleave had nine service points.
HUNTER DEF. GRANGER 25-17, 25-18, 25-17:Celestial Alofipo had 16 kills, and Kiyana Aiono ended up with nine kills to help the Wolverines sweep the Lancers.
TAYLORSVILLE DEF. KEARNS 25-22, 25-16, 25-24: The Warriors won the match in three straight games.
COTTONWOOD DEF. SKYLINE 25-16, 25-23, 25-19:Jennifer Johnson tallied 10 kills and four blocks and Kariann Steffensen added six more kills and five blocks to help the Colts remain unbeaten in the region in their three-game sweep of the Eagles. Ashley England had seven kills for the Eagles.
WEST DEF. BOUNTIFUL 28-26, 26-28, 25-23, 22-25, 15-13: The Panthers outlasted Bountiful.
EAST DEF. HIGHLAND 26-24, 25-20, 25-22:Darby Thomas had 10 kills and seven blocks. Heather McArthur chipped in 10 kills and three blocks, and Veti Utuone added 31 assists in the Leopards first win on the year.
WOODS CROSS DEF. CYPRUS 25-12, 25-21, 25-15:Kathryn Lovell had 14 kills and Trisha Wright chipped in 10 blocks to help the Wildcats sweep the Pirates. Jenna Markisich also had seven digs for the Wildcats.
MURRAY DEF. OLYMPUS 25-18, 25-9, 25-19:Blakely Peppinger tallied 24 assists, four kills and six digs and Kristen Lemmert had three aces and five digs to sweep the Titans and keep the Spartans unbeaten this year. Lori Baird also had 13 kills for the Murray.
SPANISH FORK DEF. TIMPVIEW 25-15, 25-18, 25-16: Setter Jill Roberts led a balanced Timpview attack with 21 assists as the Thunderbirds won in less than an hour.
PROVO DEF. SPRINGVILLE 25-20, 25-20, 25-11:Kylie Peterson had eight kills as Provo moved to 7-0 in region.
AMERICAN FORK DEF. PAYSON 25-21, 25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 15-10: After winning the first two games, American Fork held on to edge the Lions in five games. Aubrey Orton had 10 blocks and Sandy Marvin recorded 15 kills for Payson.
PLEASANT GROVE DEF. MOUNTAIN VIEW 25-15, 25-15, 25-10: The Vikings swept the Bruins in three games to improve their region record to 5-1.
CARBON DEF. NORTH SANPETE 25-16, 25-20, 25-20:Morgan Warburton led Carbon's attack to victory. Shandi Tucker had 12 kills for North Sanpete.
DIXIE DEF. CEDAR 25-17, 25-9, 25-17:Alison Gibbs' all-around game led the Flyers. Gibbs had 18 assists, eight blocks, and five aces.
PINE VIEW DEF. HURRICANE 25-22, 23-25, 25-13, 25-15:Nikki Callahan had 14 kills, 23 digs, seven blocks and one ace to lead the Panthers. Emilee Lafaele added nine digs.
WASATCH DEF. JUDGE MEMORIAL 25-20, 25-21, 25-6:Ashley Lythgoe had eight kills, and Jordan Hardy added seven in Judge's victory.
UINTAH DEF. UNION 25-14, 25-14, 25-14:Jessica Labrum had 12 digs, and the Utes compiled 12 blocks and 32 kills to sweep the Cougars in three games.
BEAR RIVER DEF. TOOELE 25-16, 25-16, 25-10:Jessica Peterson had 16 kills as Bear River added another region win. Josie Pugsley added 10 digs, while Katie Christiansen had 28 assists.
MORGAN DEF. OGDEN 25-18, 25-19, 20-25, 25-21: Ogden's Leslie Haddock had 12 kills and four aces. Jocelyn Randall added nine blocks for the Tigers.
ENTERPRISE DEF. PAROWAN 26-24, 25-23, 14-25, 25-12:Melinda Banks finished with 11 kills and 23 digs as Enterprise won in four games.
SOUTH SUMMIT DEF. NORTH SUMMIT 25-20, 22-25, 25-17, 27-25: South Summit was led by their five seniors in beating North Summit in four games.
JUAN DIEGO DEF. ROWLAND HALL 25-19, 25-19, 25-16: Juan Diego swept Rowland Hall in three games to remain unbeaten in the region.
WATERFORD DEF. SALT LAKE LUTHERAN 25-15, 25-20, 25-19: The Ravens knocked off the Lynx in three games to improve their region record to 8-1.
INTERMOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN DEF. LAYTON CHRISTIAN 17-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-17, 16-14:Philicia Friedman recorded13 kills for Intermountain Christian. Brooke Anderson added nine kills and four aces for the Lions.
ST. JOSEPH DEF. MOUNT VERNON 25-7, 25-6, 25-17:Bridget Chamber had four kills and served 100 percent for St. Joseph. MyKale Finco and Bailie Hamblin each added three kills.
WEST DESERT DEF. MERIDIAN 25-13, 25-19, 25-14: West Desert swept Meridian in three games to improve its record to 7-2 in the region.
DUGWAY DEF. EAST CARBON 25-22, 25-11, 26-28, 25-23: Mindy Shultz had 13 kills as Dugway knocked off East Carbon in four games.