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Orem outlasts Springville in 5

Orem's Emily Julian (22) tries to hit the ball past Springville's Lindsey Barker and Amberlee Allred in prep volleyball Tuesday.
Orem's Emily Julian (22) tries to hit the ball past Springville's Lindsey Barker and Amberlee Allred in prep volleyball Tuesday.
Jason Olson, Deseret Morning News

SPRINGVILLE — The parity in Region 7 becomes more apparent every match. The top five teams in the league have all taken turns defeating each other. And most matches tend to go to the limit.

That was exactly the case as Orem again took out the Springville Red Devils in five games, this time in Red Devil territory. But this time it went even further as the fifth game went into extra time with the Tigers making a huge comeback to take the 25-20, 12-25, 25-10, 22-25, 17-15 victory.

"My heart can't take these five-game matches any more," said Orem coach Natalie Kidman, who is happy to note that her team has improved throughout the season, becoming more aggressive and confident as it's played more matches.

And this match had a little bit of everything as the Tigers kept pace with Mountain View as the two teams are tied for the region lead, each with 8-2 records. The loss dropped Springville into a third-place tie with Provo with four losses.

The Tigers came into the match strong as they took the first game in a real dogfight between two evenly-matched teams. A Springville passing error gave Orem the first game after both teams showed just how powerful their hitting is.

Each squad posted 13 kills in Game 1, the Red Devils being led by Lindsay Barker, who finished the match with 11 and Orem posting a balanced attack with four hitters scoring three or more times.

Games 2 and 3 were a little bit of an anomaly as each team took turns falling completely apart and handing a game to the other without much effort.

"I guess we both needed a butt kicking, and we both got one," noted Kidman about the lopsided efforts.

The two teams fought hard through the fourth game as both played perhaps the best game of the match, each showing its true colors.

It was also the game where Springville star Samantha Sumsion shined the most as the outside hitter took control with seven kills in Game 4 alone and 22 in the match to lead all hitters.

But it was in Game 5 where Orem showed just how strong it can be. The Tigers found themselves down 9-3 in the final game with seemingly no chance to snatch victory in the match.

That was when they went on an 11-3 run, taking the lead at 14-12 and holding on for the heart-stopping victory. A kill by April Robins and blocks from Temeka Jones and Shelby Lamoreaux finished things off, putting Orem into a first-place showdown with Mountain View on Thursday.

Robins finished with 17 kills, Emily Julian added nine kills and six blocks. Freshman Hannah Robison came into the contest in Game 3, finishing with eight kills. Jones and Lamoreaux finished with five blocks each.


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