This year’s 2A state volleyball tournament was essentially just a formality as top-seeded Parowan defeated No. 2 seed Kanab in four sets in Saturday’s championship match to remain undefeated on the year and win the state championship.

The Rams earned the victory on set scores of 25-17, 25-21, 20-25 and 25-12.

“I’m just so impressed by this group of girls,” Parowan head coach Macey Yardley said. “Our goal was just to improve every single day, work hard every single day, make sure we were leaving it out on the court and they did that, and we never ever imagined we would go undefeated … but we did it.”

The contest was the fourth meeting between the two schools this season, with each match going Parowan’s way and only two sets in all going to Kanab.

It was the second year in a row that the two region rivals met in the state championship match, and 12 months removed from the initial bout, not much changed.

The initial set saw Parowan give up the first point and then never trail again as it secured a convincing eight-point win.

The Rams extended their lead as the set wore on, getting their largest advantage as it came to a close and handing the Cowboys their first set defeat of the tournament.

Parowan and Kanab went back and forth in the second set until the Rams went on an 8-0 run to break the stalemate.

From there, the 2-0 set advantage did not come easy for the No. 1 seed as the Cowboys clawed their way back to within two points before Parowan slammed the door shut and earned the victory.

Kanab kept its season alive in the third set, holding a lead for most of the way. Parowan tied things up at 19, but that was as close as it would come down the stretch.

The Cowboys closed the set out on a 6-1 run, extending the match and snapping the Rams’ streak of 32 consecutive set victories.

Parowan came into the fourth set with added motivation, taking it to Kanab and making the 2A title all but a done deal when it took an 11-point lead midway through.

Moments later, it was official and the Rams’ celebration had begun.

“I thought it was phenomenal,” Yardley said when asked about her team’s response in thefinal set. “I couldn’t have asked for a better response … I didn’t expect it to go like that. I really thought it would be a little tougher to get the momentum back but they just came out solid.”

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With the 2023 2A trophy officially now in tow, the Rams’ season comes to an end with a perfect 29-0 record, a second consecutive state championship and a program win streak of 35 matches.

Though it marks only the second Parowan state volleyball title, the Rams may just be turning into a powerhouse in the sport with the two championships coming in consecutive seasons along with a 58-1 record over that same span.

“When I took over five years ago, our whole plan from the beginning was just to change the culture of the program,” Yardley said. “These girls really bought in. I was coaching them when they were a lot younger, and they really bought in … I know our culture has changed and I know we expect to win and that never happened before.”

Before last year, Parowan had never won a state title. Two years later, the Rams’ culture has changed and they are two-time state champions.

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