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5A volleyball quarterfinals: Salem Hills finishes strong to get by Park City in five sets

The Skyhawks rallied late to take the fourth set during Thursday’s quarterfinal action and took that momentum to dominate play in the fifth.

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OREM — The Salem Hills volleyball team saved its best for last to finish off Park City in five sets (22-25, 25-17, 17-25, 27-25, 15-10) to advance to the semifinal round of the 5A championships on Thursday.

Down 2-1 in sets, things looked ominous for the Skyhawks after they squandered a 23-19 lead late in the fourth set with the Miners coming all the way back to tie things at 24-24. But from there, the No. 4-seeded Skyhawks regathered and finished off the set 27-25 with the final point coming off a backcourt violation by the Miners.

Park City never recovered as Salem Hills took control early in the fifth, taking a 9-3 lead early before staving off a bit of a comeback attempt to come away with the hard-earned win.

“It was a fun match, but very nerve-wracking,” said Salem Hills coach Kathy Treanor.

“It was a fun match, but very nerve-wracking.” — Salem Hills coach Kathy Treanor

Indeed, Park City’s play was cause for a lot of anxiousness as it forged a 2-1 lead after three sets and seemed poised to take the match in four sets before Salem Hills regathered itself to finish off strong.

“I’ve always told my girls that they have something special and they are super-bonded,” Treanor said. “I know a lot of teams say that, but man, these girls just really work hard for each other. ... We don’t quit and we find a way.”

Working hard in the fifth set, and throughout the match, was senior libero Hailee Oldroyd, who finished with 29 digs while keeping scoring opportunities alive during the match’s most critical moments.

“She is solid and the best kid in the world,” Treanor said of Oldroyd. “... She’s the greatest kid off the court and on the court, she’s even better. She’s all team and 100% positive. ... She’s a senior and we’re going to miss her deeply.”

Other standout contributors for the Skyhawks were both Ryen Bradshaw and Tessa Treanor, who scored 14 and 13 kills, respectively.

With the win Salem Hills advances to take on No. 1 seed Farmington in the semifinal round on Saturday.

As for Farmington, it had little trouble dispatching of Skyline in straight sets on Thursday (25-16, 25-15, 25-17.)

Perhaps the biggest surprise during Thursday’s action was No. 10 seed Maple Mountain pushing No. 2 Mountain View to the brink before narrowly losing in five sets (17-25, 25-14, 25-17, 24-26, 15-12.) The Bruins will move on to take on No. 6 Lehi, which defeated No. 3 Timpview in four sets (27-25, 25-21, 14-25, 25-23.)