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High school volleyball: Pleasant Grove starts, finishes strong as it beats Skyridge 3-1

Pleasant Grove’s Abbie Miller celebrates a point against Skyridge during volleyball in Lehi on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.
Pleasant Grove’s Abbie Miller celebrates a point against Skyridge during volleyball in Lehi on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

LEHI — Pleasant Grove set the tone early.

The Vikings raced out to an 8-2 lead in the first set on the road against Skyridge on Thursday night. The quick start to the first set laid down the foundation for the match, which Pleasant Grove won 3-1 (25-14, 25-11, 21-25, 25-10).

Pleasant Grove’s serving was top-notch in the opening set and helped the Vikings keep possession for much of the first set.

“We have our tough serving that’s made a difference. It helps us go on runs, right off the bat,” Pleasant Grove head coach Allyce Jones said.

After a more even start to the second set, Pleasant Grove was buoyed by winning a few long, fantastic points — giving it momentum to claim the second set.

“Long, rally wins build so much momentum and we just kept growing off that,” Jones said.

Skyridge won its lone set of the match in the third set, surprising Pleasant Grove and getting off to a 9-2 lead to build momentum and claim the set.

“I think we came in strong and Skyridge put some pressure on us in the third set and that’s why they took (the set). They played well, but we battled back in the fourth,” Jones said.

Following the third-set setback, the Vikings regrouped and rallied, flexing their muscle by winning the first 8 points of the fourth set and 13 of the first 14 points of the set. Pleasant Grove held Skyridge to just 10 points in the final set to finish off the match.

“I think they knew that they were a better team than they were in the third set, so they came in wanting to own it in the fourth,” Jones said.

Mia Peterson led Pleasant Grove with 19 kills and one serving ace, Heather Hamson added 11 kills, Abbie Miller contributed 42 assists and Bryton Bishop had five serving aces.

“Mia Peterson did a nice job offensively for us with 19 kills and Heather Hamson with 11. Abbie ran a great offense, as well, with 42 assists,” Jones said.

The Vikings are fresh off of a trip to Las Vegas, having played in the Durango Fall Classic. Pleasant Grove played seven games in Vegas over a two-day span from Sept. 20-21. The Vikings finished the weekend 4-3 with wins over Kamehameha (Hawaii), El Dorado (California), Queen Creek (Arizona) and Laguna Beach (California). Pleasant Grove also got to test themselves against the No. 3 team in the country, Mater Dei, winning the first set before eventually falling 2-1 (25-23, 21-25, 17-25).

“I think we just had a great tournament in Las Vegas. We played some high-level teams, so it’s got us ready for region,” Jones said.

Back in Utah, where they are undefeated, the Vikings took another step forward — remaining unbeaten in a competitive Region 4 that features Pleasant Grove, a still-unbeaten Lone Peak and Skyridge.

Up next, Skyridge hosts Corner Canyon on Tuesday, while Pleasant Grove travels to Lone Peak.