No. 2 Mountain View returned to its third straight state title match on Saturday afternoon, but in its way was No. 1 Bountiful.
The Redhawks dominated the Bruins, needing just three sets to win their first state title since 2016.
“They believed in each other and they believed in themselves and that was the difference,” Bountiful head coach Sarah Chism said about her team. “They came in just full of belief and I am just so proud of them.
“We talked about it all season long, believing. One of the girls said at the end of the season, ‘Everybody else has been practicing to be better than us and we’ve been practicing to be better than us,’ so we had to go out and win it.”
Bountiful entered Saturday riding a five-match win streak and hadn’t dropped a set during that span. The Redhawks continued their tear, ending tournament play with a perfect 12 sets to none advantage over their opponents.
The Redhawks took down Woods Cross while the Bruins overcame Timpview Saturday morning to set up the title game.
After falling in the semifinals a season ago, Chism was asked how the past year made a difference for her team.
“Growth and maturity and experiencing it one time,” she said. “That left them so hungry. They wanted it badly.”
Bountiful’s craving for a state title was on full display against Mountain View. The Redhawks coasted through the first set, relying heavily on junior outside hitter Jordyn Harvey to keep a large lead.
The hard-hitting Harvey kept the Bruins guessing, picking up kills no matter where she was positioned on the floor. Harvey and the Redhawks led wire to wire, facing little resistance en route to a 25-13 set win.
“We lost to Mountain View at the beginning of the season,” Harvey said. “After that loss we worked hard. We knew that we were going to beat them in the state championship. That’s just how we do it at Bountiful.”
Mountain View remained calm following Bountiful’s near flawless start, dialing in for the second set. The Bruins took their first lead of the match early on, keeping the Redhawks at bay for most of the set, but Bountiful inched closer, ultimately taking a 24-23 lead.
The two sides traded blows from there, reaching a stalemate at 27 before the Redhawks scored the next two points, ending the set on an Ashlee Rasmussen block for the dramatic victory.
Bountiful carried its second-set momentum into the third. The Redhawks never trailed, winning 25-18. The celebration got under way when setter Evalyn Chism tipped the ball past the Bruin defenders for the final point of the match.
“It’s surreal. I’m so emotional right now and I’m never emotional,” Harvey said afterward. “It’s super fun. I love this team more than anything. We’ve gone through thick and thin and it’s just so nice to finish it in front of everyone for my team and with my team. It’s been so awesome.”