DRAPER — Mountain View’s volleyball team will be seeking a 5A state title repeat on Saturday, but it will need to go through region rival Timpview to do it as both teams won their semifinal games at Corner High School on Friday.
No. 2 seed Mountain View had to get by No. 6 seed Park City on Friday morning, but it wasn’t easy.
Park City came prepared to compete, winning the first set 30-28. The Bruins responded by taking the next three sets and the match via scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 25-18.
Mountain View quickly fell behind at the beginning of the second set as Park City maintained its momentum from the first. The Miners jumped out to a 10-5 lead before senior Bruin Julia Cavalcanti took matters into her own hands.
The 6-foot-1 middle blocker had five of her nine service aces in the second set, propelling the Bruins to a 16-10 lead and ultimately a 1-1 tie heading into the third set.
First-year Mountain View head coach Dave Neeley credited Cavalcanti with turning things around for the Bruins.
“Julia came back and served a bunch of points,” Neeley said. “From there you could kind of feel like we were where we wanted to be. We were playing with confidence. We did exactly to them what they did to us in the first set.”
The Bruins had an answer for every Miner run in sets two through four, pulling away at the end of each to move on to the 5A championship game tomorrow afternoon. Neeley is confident Mountain View can keep its momentum going into the final. “Whoever it is, if we play like this, it doesn’t matter” said Neeley.
Fourth seed Timpview will have something to say about that after defeating Bountiful three sets to one. The Thunderbirds started the match hot, winning the first two sets 25-19 and 25-16, never trailing after going down 4-5 in set one.
In the third set Bountiful reminded Timpview why it had earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Braves came back from a six-point deficit to defeat the Thunderbirds 30-28. Sophomore outside hitter Jordyn Harvey led the way for the Braves with eight kills in the set.
Timpview had a comeback of its own in the fourth set, defeating Bountiful 25-22. Senior Kesa Makasini had the winning block for the Thunderbirds. “I knew they were going to go to their outside because they had been the whole game,” she said. “But I was super late. I just got up and hoped, and it worked. I held my breath mid-air.”
The last two points of the match were scored by the Thunderbirds after calling a timeout. After discussing some strategy, Timpview head coach Charmay Lee used a unique strategy to keep her team relaxed,
“I asked them where they wanted to go. We’re going to go to Leatherby’s,” she admitted. “(I asked) what flavor of ice cream they wanted to get.”
After ice cream, all focus will be set on Mountain View, the last team to defeat the Thunderbirds.
Timpview Sophomore Silina Damuni is excited to meet such a familiar foe. “I wouldn’t want to play any other team besides Mountain View in the state championship,” she said, “because we have a little revenge in us that we are going to use tomorrow.”
The state championship is set to begin Saturday at 2 p.m.