Northridge 3, Green Canyon 1
In one of the more highly-anticipated matches of the night, Northridge made quick work of Green Canyon, handing the Wolves just their second loss of the season. Tied 1-1 after the second set, the Knights used great serving and powerful attacks to win, holding Green Canyon to 16 and 13 points in the last two sets.
Northridge has now won 11 straight matches, which includes winning the Bingham tournament two weeks ago.
“We’re a gritty team and we find ways to win. Our players understand that volleyball is a grind and tonight we came together and served tough and terminated the ball,” Northridge coach Mitchell Stevens.
Springville 3, Manti 0
The Red Devils hot start to the season just keeps getting better, as Springville swept Manti. After a commanding 25-10 win in the first set, the Templars closed the gap in the second, ultimately falling 25-21. With the match on the line, Manti gave Springville everything they could ask for before Springville took the set 26-24 and the match.
“We were scrappy on defense and served really tough tonight which let us go on a couple of runs that helped us be successful. Credit to Manti as they got a lot of touches on balls that made it difficult for us at times, but multiple players on our team found ways to put balls away when we needed them to,” said Springville coach Jill Thackery.
Sky View 3, Westlake 1
One of 4A’s top teams picked up another win as Sky View knocked off 6A Westlake in Cache Valley. The Bobcats, who have yet to lose a match this season, came out strong in the first set with a dominant 25-16 win.
Westlake found momentum on its side during the second set and evened the match with a 25-23 victory. After another tight set in the third which saw Sky View pull ahead, the Bobcats slammed the door on any Thunder comeback, winning the fourth set 25-16.
“We played well together, but gave up a lot of points on our own mistakes. We missed 20 serves and had 22 hitting errors. We have had a long week of matches and will bounce back even stronger. I’m so proud of them for mentally sticking in the match for the win,” said Sky View coach Sheila Sorensen
Mountain Ridge 3, Cedar Valley 2
It wasn’t the start Mountain Ridge wanted, but the Sentinels never gave up and rallied from a 2-0 deficit to stun Cedar Valley, 3-2. The Aviators were in control heading to the third, but a tight 26-24 set victory gave Mountain Ridge the momentum they were needing to dominate the fourth set and finish the reverse sweep. The Sentinels will battle two of 6A’s top teams before turning their full focus to region play.
“Super proud of the mental toughness and grit my team showed tonight being down 2-0 and coming together to find a way to win. Senior Rylee Parkinson played big for us at critical moments but it was definitely a total team effort.”
Grantsville 3, Judge Memorial 1
The Cowboys continue to defy expectations this season, picking up their eighth win of the season by knocking off Judge Memorial 3-1. Grantsville, which finished last season with an 8-20 record, took the first two sets of the match (25-22, 25-17) before watching the Bulldogs steal a close third set.
Determined to avoid a final fifth set, Grantsville settled in as a team, overcame some errors, and left with another tally in the win column.
“Learning from previous years, the girls had to focus early on with pushing through the mental and emotional barrier that comes with being down in the game or taking an early lead and holding onto it,” said Grantsville coach Kelbey Fisher. “We have a tough team that loves to fight.”