OREM — Mia Wesley did her best Michael Jordan impression on Saturday night, fighting through the flu and turning in an impressive performance to lead Mountain View to the 5A state volleyball championship.
“I was throwing up all night and I woke up and was like, ‘I can’t let my team down. I need to come in and I need to play my hardest and give them my all, because that’s what they deserve,’” Wesley said. “I just slept a lot during the break and then came ready to play.”
Wesley was impressive all night, but was especially key in the fourth set, making big plays all over the place as Mountain View closed out Farmington.
“It’s like an indescribable feeling right now. Just the work that my team has put in and everyone has worked together, it finally paid off. Just the heart that we played with this match is just an incredible feeling.” — Mountain View’s Mia Wesley
“She came and balled out. She did a great job,” Mountain View head coach Jaicee Roden said.
The 3-1 (25-23, 14-25, 25-21, 25-14) victory over Farmington was Mountain View’s first volleyball championship since 1982.
“I’m excited for our girls. They worked hard, as did Farmington, but it’s been (36) years since Mountain View has had a volleyball title, so that’s huge for us,” Roden said.
Roden had no question about her team’s ability to win a championship from the start of the year.
“Absolutely. I absolutely knew they did. They work hard, they play club year-round, they play at the highest level. They were ready,” Roden said.
Roden had plenty of things she liked from the win on Saturday at Utah Valley University.
“I like that they focused on us. I liked that they focused on one ball at a time. I liked that they came together and played a family. I liked that it was about the ‘we,’ not the individual play. They really just did a good job,” Roden said.
Earlier in the season at the Bingham Claim Jumper Tournament, Farmington beat Mountain View 2-0 (15-25, 16-25), but in the rematch in the state championship, the Bruins got the job done.
“We’ve had more practice, we’ve been able to practice under pressure, we’ve been able to see them before, we knew what they were made of and we knew that we needed to focus on our side. The biggest thing is, we knew if we took care of the ball on our side that we were going to be in a good spot,” Roden said.
Mountain View won a back-and-forth first set 25-23 before Farmington cruised to a 25-14 second set win. From there, it was all Bruins.
Mountain View took the all-important third 25-21 set. With the Phoenix within one point at 22-21, the Bruins went on a 3-0 run to close out the set. A net violation by Farmington, a kill by Sami Suguturaga and an ace by Wesley won the set for the Bruins. Buoyed by the third-set win, Mountain View, led by Wesley, easily won the fourth, and final, set 25-14.
“They buckled down and got the job done,” Roden said.
Wesley, a senior, ends her high school volleyball career with a memory she can cherish forever.
“It’s like an indescribable feeling right now. Just the work that my team has put in and everyone has worked together, it finally paid off. Just the heart that we played with this match is just an incredible feeling,” Wesley said.