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Darts hit their target in sweep of Falcons

Davis' Kayla Walker (12) celebrates with teammates Tara Anderson (8) and Lindsey Scott (5) during their straight-set win over Clearfield.
Davis' Kayla Walker (12) celebrates with teammates Tara Anderson (8) and Lindsey Scott (5) during their straight-set win over Clearfield.
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret Morning News

CLEARFIELD — Anger is becoming to the Davis Darts volleyball team.

Just watch 6-6 outside hitter Kayla Walker smash what some fans called, "The spike of death," and it will be crystal clear that this is a team on a mission.

"We were mad because we've made it a goal not to lose a game," said the Pepperdine-bound senior after the fifth-ranked Darts swept Region 1 rival Clearfield 25-14, 25-14, 25-23. "Our goal is to be undefeated this year."

That aspiration might seem a bit lofty for a team that finished fifth in state last year, but coach Jami Fox believes her team can do it so much that when they lost a single game in the match they won Tuesday afternoon against Viewmont, she was upset.

"Today felt good," Fox said with a laugh. "They played well. They were hitting hard, and I like that."

She said the team's off-season work, intensity this year and chemistry as a unit are all reasons why the expectations go up almost every match.

"They just have a fighting spirit," she said.

Even when Clearfield led in the second game and made a serious run in the third game, the Darts didn't even seemed ruffled.

"It's gotten to where if we lose a game, which we've only done against Viewmont and Taylorsville, we're mad," she said. "We have more all-around depth, and the rules have changed, like adding the libero and that's helped us play more kids in more places."

Davis libero Whitnie Henrie was stellar for the squad with 18 digs against a Clearfield team that is young and inexperienced but very talented.

"She's like our John Stockton," Fox said. "She's quiet, but she just gets the job done. The team can rely on her."

The Darts have one of the taller teams with four players at least six feet tall. But in addition to having good genetics, they've added a lot of effort.

"We work so hard," said Walker, who finished with 18 kills and several eye-popping digs on back row. "That's why it's kind of frustrating when we have our let-downs."

Walker is able to stay at the outside position all the time thanks to the hard work of the team's middle hitters. Amy Dunford finished with nine stuff blocks and Kasey Davis added six stuff blocks. Setter Anna Bullard earned 25 assists and had five digs.

Davis is so talented it looked like it just ran over the Falcons, but it didn't. Several Clearfield players tried to keep the Darts from reaching their goal of an undefeated season. In the end, experience gave Davis an edge.

"We had a lot of mental errors," said Clearfield coach Tana Homer. "I feel a little helpless because I can teach the mechanics; you can work on skills."

Removing a mental block, however, is much more difficult.

"They know I have high expectations for them, and they're a young team so we're still trying to get them some experience," she said.

The team made a lot of progress toward an improved season with tougher serves, including jump serves, and some hits that might qualify for that "spike of death" label.

"If they're jump serving or serving tough and working on things, I don't feel as bad about mistakes," she said.

In other volleyball action Wednesday:

REGION 1

LAYTON DEF. VIEWMONT 25-20, 25-21, 17-25, 27-25: Micah Lines had 28 kills and 26 digs while Christy DeCoursey had 41 assists for the Vikings.

WEBER DEF. FREMONT 25-22, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19: The Warriors' Haley Reeves had nine kills. Teammate Erin Jenkins added seven kills, three blocks and 18 digs, and Sage Ebert had 11 blocks .

DAVIS DEF. CLEARFIELD 25-14, 25-14, 25-23: Kayla Walker led the Dart offense with 18 kills while Amy Dunford had nine stuff blocks. Setter Anna Bullard finished with 25 assists and five digs, and Kasey Davis added six stuff blocks in the victory.

REGION 2

ALTA DEF. JORDAN 25-10, 25-9, 25-13: Witney Norton and Natalie Thompson combined for 10 solo blocks for the Hawks.

BRIGHTON DEF. HILLCREST 25-5, 25-18, 25-8: The Bengals swept the Huskies as Krista Kelley had nine kills with a hitting percentage of 82 percent. Cassandra Ricketts had 13 kills and a hitting percentage of 71 percent for the Bengals.

SKYLINE DEF. TAYLORSVILLE 25-27, 25-16, 28-26, 25-16: Skyline's Ari Logan recorded 20 kills, Katie Alstle had 14 kills and nine blocks, and teammate Alex Nelson added 19 defensive digs.

REGION 3

COPPER HILLS DEF. RIVERTON 20-25, 26-24, 25-27, 25-19, 17-15: The Grizzlies' Chelsey Sandberg had 25 kills, an ace and nine blocks as Copper Hills beat the Silverwolves in five games. Jori Donaldson had 16 kills and two blocks for Copper Hills. Kylee Vance chipped in for the winning cause with four kills and nine blocks.

WEST JORDAN DEF. BINGHAM 25-14, 13-25, 25-19, 25-18: Taisa Thompson had 16 kills and eight blocks, leading the Jaguars to victory over Bingham. Moe Ki had 40 assists for West Jordan.

HUNTER DEF. KEARNS 25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 25-14: The Wolverines were led by Rosey Falamaka, who had 12 kills, and Henrietta Saena, who added eight.

REGION 5

MOUNTAIN CREST DEF. BONNEVILLE 25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-20: The Mustangs' Jaicee Kuresa racked up 21 kills, Katie White recorded 20 digs and Talisha Niedeierhauser had eight blocks in Mountain Crest's victory over the Lakers.

BOX ELDER DEF. ROY 25-14, 25-14, 25-14: The Bees' Carlie Romer had 16 digs and six kills while Laura Schramm had eight kills and five blocks in Box Elder's win.

SKY VIEW DEF. BOUNTIFUL 25-22, 25-22, 25-15: The Bobcats swept the Braves as Rachael Weaver had 36 assists. Nicole Sorensen led Sky View with 13 kills.

REGION 6

MURRAY DEF. WEST 25-20, 25-7, 25-16: Mindy Schvaneveldt had 13 kills and Micah Nieman added four aces, five kills and three blocks in the Spartans' sweep of the Panthers. Kristen Lemmert added five aces and 22 assists for Murray.

COTTONWOOD DEF. OLYMPUS 25-12, 25-13, 25-14: Rachael Altland went 21-25 on her serves, Cariann Steffensen recorded nine kills and Kili Aiono had seven blocks as the Colts swept the Titans.

REGION 8

CARBON DEF. GRANITE 25-7, 25-7, 25-20: The undefeated Dinos were able to pick up the victory over the Farmers by winning three straight.

DELTA DEF. JUAN DIEGO 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 19-25, 15-12: Gentry Macham recorded 12 kills, Kristie Ashby had seven kills and Jaclyn Jones added four kills for the Rabbits.

REGION 11

BEAR RIVER DEF. GRANTSVILLE 25-14, 25-14, 25-13: Janie Jensen had 17 service points while Erica Park had 10 kills and four blocks in the Bears' win. Katie Christiansen added 16 assists and eight service points for Bear River.

TOOELE DEF. LOGAN 25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22: The White Buffalo beat the Grizzlies in four games. Laura West led Tooele with 10 killls. Abbie Dow, Tooele, had seven kills and four aces.

REGION 14

ROWLAND HALL DEF. JUAB 25-22, 25-15, 25-21: The Winged Lions' Jerica Johnson and Verena Klanbt each had 11 blocks and nine kills and Anne Edwards recorded 23 assists and four aces in their win over Wasps.

NORTH SUMMIT DEF. SOUTH SUMMIT 25-22, 25-20, 25-17: North Summit swept the Wildcats to earn the region victory.

REGION 17

INTERMOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN DEF. MOUNT VERNON 25-8, 25-11, 25-9: The Lions picked up the region victory with a sweep over the Patriots.

REGION 18

DUGWAY DEF. WASATCH ACADEMY 25-20, 25-19, 21-25, 25-15: The Mustangs were able to rebound in the fourth game to pick up a victory over the Tigers.

WENDOVER DEF. WEST DESERT 25-13, 25-20, 25-23: The Wildcats started their season right, beating the Hawks in three games.

REGION 19

MONTICELLO DEF. MONUMENT VALLEY 25-16, 25-10, 23-25, 25-12: The Buckaroos' Katie Andrews had nine kills and teammate Whitney Christenson added eight kills.

NONREGION

MOUNTAIN VIEW DEF. TIMPVIEW 25-13, 25-4, 25-22: The Bruins' Courtney Condrad had seven aces on the night. Teammate Rachel Glassford had six kills.


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