TAYLORSVILLE — The last time the Taylorsville and Hunter volleyball teams met, that match was a five-game marathon.
Thursday, the Warriors more easily handled the Wolverines beating them in four games, 25-10, 18-25, 25-22, 25-14.
"We dictated the pressure," said Taylorsville coach Rich Kaelin. "When we pass well and run our offense aggressively, we're far more effective."
Last time, he said, the Warriors offered the talented Wolverines too many free balls and easy side-outs.
"We were setting them up to hit it right back at us," he said. "They couldn't adjust to what we were doing tonight."
Kaelin said the Warriors got a spark from senior middle hitter Shawnee Slade and freshman outside hitter Kim Gourley in the first game.
"That set the tone for us," he said. "We were back on our heels in the second game, but for the most part, we controlled the game. In the first game, we went to Shawnee, and they just couldn't stop her."
Gourley had four kills in the first game, while Slade had six kills. Teammate Jorgan Staker was far more prominent in the offensive mix in the second, third and fourth games and finished with a team-high 12 kills. The team was also buoyed by better serving, an effort led by outside hitter, Emily Lucero, who had 14 service points in the match. Setter Tahnie Taylor earned 36 assists in running the offense.
"It was an all-around team effort," Kaelin said.
Taylorsville had to play solid defense as Hunter's hitting wasn't too shabby either. Celesital Alofipo finished with 12 kills, while Kiyana Aiono had six kills and eight blocks.
"They definitely ran more options, but we didn't play defense," said Hunter coach Pam Olsen. "We got behind, and we just let down."
Hunter will have to rebound quickly from the disappointing outing as the Wolverines face No. 2 Cottonwood on Tuesday at home.
"Cottonwood is not going to give us a game, and that's basically what I told them after this game," Olsen said. "And at state no one's going to give you a game. You have to earn it."
In other prep volleyball games Thursday:
WEBER DEF. CLEARFIELD 25-16, 25-19, 25-16:Sage Ebert tallied up eight kills and 13 blocks and Cami Douglas had six more kills for the Warriors. Emma Graves tallied six blocks and Erin Jenkins had 21 service points for the Warriors.
LAYTON DEF. DAVIS 24-26, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23: The Lancers dropped a close first game to the Darts before winning the next three.
VIEWMONT DEF. NORTHRIDGE 25-9, 25-12, 25-22:Airial Salvo compiled 22 kills, three digs and two aces and Sidney Jenkins added 30 assists, five kills and six digs as the Vikings remained unbeaten in league play. Mickah Lines also chipped in with eight kills, 10 digs and two aces for the Vikings.
HILLCREST DEF. COPPER HILLS 26-24, 25-20, 25-14:Heidi Smith had 12 kills for the Huskies.
BRIGHTON DEF. JORDAN 25-17, 25-19, 25-16: The Bengals remain unbeaten in the region with the sweep. Chelsey Jorgensen had 11 digs for the Beetdiggers.
WEST JORDAN DEF. BINGHAM 25-20, 25-16, 15-25, 25-17:Sarah Bateman tallied 18 kills while Lupe Ofaheagaue added 12 kills and Moe Ki had 33 assists for West Jordan.
COTTONWOOD DEF. GRANGER 25-14, 25-13, 27-25: Cottonwood swept Granger to win its third straight Region 3 championship. Tasi Talia had 14 kills for the Colts, while Casey Speredon had nine for the Lancers.
SKYLINE DEF. KEARNS 25-20, 25-12, 25-23:Callie Cockrell had nine kills and Joh-Teena Filipe added seven kills and seven digs to help the Eagles sweep the Cougars.
MOUNTAIN CREST DEF. SKY VIEW 26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24:Lydia White led the Mustangs past the Bobcats in four close games to remain unbeaten in the region. Rose Anderson had seven kills and and 13 digs for the Bobcats in the loss.
BOUNTIFUL DEF. WOODS CROSS 21-25, 20-25, 26-24, 25-17, 15-13:Kate Nelson had 15 kills and Andrea Johnson helped with 12 kills and 15 digs as the Braves came from two games behind. Lauren Christensen complied 16 assists, seven kills, and eight digs.
HIGHLAND DEF. CYPRUS 25-21, 25-27, 23-25, 25-16, 15-12:Stephanie Panos and Loisi Vailea combined for 64 digs to lead the Rams. Kalynn Daniels added 20 kills for Highland.
MURRAY DEF. WEST 25-18, 22-25, 25-15, 25-16:Blakely Peppinger led the Spartans with 36 assists and six blocks, while Lori Baird added 23 kills and seven blocks. Brittney Parker also had seven blocks.
PROVO DEF. PAYSON 25-19, 23-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-11: A scrappy Payson team nearly knocked Provo off its region title. Nalani Lobendahn and Lori Wilson led the team in digs with 19 and 21 respectively. Wilson also had 16 kills. Cassie King led with 21 assists.
MOUNTAIN VIEW DEF. TIMPANOGOS 25-23, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21: In a close game, Alyssa Merrell's 18 kills and Hoku Holdcraft's 38 assists and five aces for the Bruins.
PLEASANT GROVE DEF. OREM 25-18, 25-13, 25-12:Hailey Jeppson had 11 kills to lead Pleasant Grove to a sweep of Orem.
DELTA DEF. LEHI 25-20, 25-18, 25-16: Jackie Warnick made six kills and Amanda Miller assisted on 37 for the Rabbits.
JUAB DEF. ROWLAND HALL 25-22, 25-17, 25-11:Sally Smalley had 14 kills and three digs to lead Juab. Amy Christensen added seven kills and nine digs for the Wasps.
WATERFORD DEF. LAYTON CHRISTIAN 25-21, 25-10, 25-22:Andrea McKena made critical blocks for the Ravens to grab the momentum from the Eagles. Ravens' senior outside players Brooks Castle and Catherine Turner combined for 24 kills.
ST. JOSEPH DEF. SALT LAKE LUTHERAN 21-25, 25-11, 25-19, 25-14: The Jayhawks improved to 11-1 in league behind the solid play of Rocki Lam, and Julie and Nikki Laure. Lam had 12 kills and 16 digs. Julie Laure added 13 kills and 19 digs, while Nikki Laure added 25 assists and eight digs.
TINTIC DEF. DUGWAY 25-13, 25-20, 25-17: Tintic had a solid all-around team effort to sweep Dugway.