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Morgan terminates Carbon for title

Mikelle Kap (4) lets out a yell after the final point as Morgan defeats Carbon for the 3A volleyball championship on Saturday.
Mikelle Kap (4) lets out a yell after the final point as Morgan defeats Carbon for the 3A volleyball championship on Saturday.
Mike Terry, Deseret Morning News

OREM — Chelsey Garfield was the Terminator. The 3A volleyball tournament MVP blasted 47 kills against her competition from Carbon, and still the match went to five games.

Both of these teams refused to say die as witnessed by the 31-29, 21-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-8 final margin of victory for the state's No. 1-ranked Morgan Trojans over the state's No. 3 Dinos.

People on both sides of the thrilling contest agreed, "This is how the state championship final should be played."

It was befittingly the best match of the entire 3A tournament as the Trojans reclaimed possession of their 3A trophy after losing it for one year to Snow Canyon. And despite Garfield's astronomical numbers, which included the state high school record for kills in a game along with 12 solo blocks, 11 block assists and nine digs, it took an entire team effort for Morgan to finally defeat the Dinos.

"Chelsey is smart, one of the best players I've ever coached, but everyone on the team played well. It was an entire team effort," said Morgan coach Liz Wiscombe.

She gave the Dinos plenty of credit as well for taking her team to the limit as the Trojans were dragged into five for the first time of the season.

"That was as tough a match as we've had, and my kids just never quit. These two teams just battled like crazy," said Wiscombe.

The Trojans' highly-touted setter Kelsey Rees tossed up 64 assists in the match, playing the quarterback position with precision as she finished her high school career.

"There was a lot of pressure," said Rees about her team's year-long No. 1 ranking. "We could feel the pressure but we dealt with it well."

She threw up plenty of balls to junior Rachel Visage, who knocked down 18 kills in the match and added eight block assists and five solos to her effort. Teammate Carolyn Johnson also finished with eight kills.

But it was Garfield's terminating performance that fascinated and amazed those in attendance.

"I just played my game. Coach told us to stay calm, cool and collected, so that's what I tried to do. We just wanted to come away with the win and do anything it takes. There's no better way to finish off your senior year," said Garfield about her impressive performance.

The senior hasn't signed with anyone yet, but is still looking at offers from several schools.

But the Morgan girls aren't the only ones that put up impressive numbers as the balanced attack from the Carbon team led to some eyepopping numbers of its own. The Dinos were led by Megan Garfield with 23 kills and 17 digs. Joy Malone added 18 kills, Britni Greenwood had 11 kills and 18 digs, and setter Julia Potts finished with 43 assists.

The first game was a marathon in and of itself as the two teams battled through 13 ties, five of them after match points, and five lead changes. The two teams split games two and three in relatively easy fashion as each took small leads they held onto throughout.

Game 4 was a back-and-forth affair featuring yet another nine ties, but a key kill from Greenwood and a rare hitting error from Garfield gave Carbon the victory.

But Game 5 was all Morgan as again Garfield took over with six kills in the shortened game.

Morgan reached the finals with a relatively easy three-game victory over Delta in the semis, and Carbon battled with Hurricane through four games, eventually taking out the No. 3-ranked Tigers.