League play is bringing out the best in all volleyball teams, as the races head for midseason.
Bountiful picked up two key region wins last week against Box Elder and Woods Cross to remain atop Region 5, while also taking third at the Bingham Claim Jumper Tournament Oct. 6-7.
Against Box Elder Oct. 3, the Braves defeated the Bees 25-14, 25-9, 25-12 behind Brooke Pe’s eight kills and her twin sister Kaybrie’s seven kills. Baylee Mittelstaedt also put down eight kills while Bri Mortensen served four of the team’s 10 aces.
On Oct. 5, Bountiful defeated Woods Cross 36-34, 27-25, 25-14.
“It was exactly what I would expect to get from a great rivalry match,” head coach Sarah Chism said. “It was exciting and energetic, and a great volleyball match by both teams.”
Brooke Pe’a had 18 kills and no errors. “That’s pretty amazing and doesn’t happen very often,” Chism said.
Sophomore middle blocker Hannah Howard also had six kills for the Braves.
At the Bingham Claim Jumper Tourney, the Braves won seven of their eight matches, including wins over Orem, Snow Canyon, Burley (Ida.), Woods Cross and SkyView (Utah). A key victory for the Braves was a tough come-from-behind three set match with Morgan which Bountiful pulled out. “We had to fight hard and dig deep to battle back,” Chism said. “It was a great team effort.
Against Bingham, Bountiful had “a good battle the whole way through,” according to Chism before losing in three sets and finishing third in the gold bracket.
“Overall, I am happy with how we played,” Chism said.
Davis went 1-1 in Reign 1 play last week with a loss to Northridge and win over Weber.
Against Northridge Oct. 3, the Darts lost in three sets 29-27, 25-20, 25-21.
“We are struggling right now,” head coach Lori Salvo said. “We don’t know what the heck is going on. We get ahead in games, then we can’t finish. We were up 24-21 in the first set, then we lose. For the love!”
Hannah Stahle had nine kills for Davis, with Lexi Todd leading defensively with 14 digs and McKenna Frasure and Kaila Kaholoaa recording nine digs each.
On Oct. 5, Davis defeated Weber 26-24, 25-21, 20-25, 20-25, 15-11 in a five-set battle.
“It was a great win over Weber,” Salvo said.
Stahle put away 16 kills with Emilee Turner adding 12. Lydia Stahle handed out 44 assists and Todd and Nicole Cleverley recorded 21 and 17 digs, respectively.
Viewmont picked up its first region win with a straight set victory over Roy 25-17, 25-17, 25-14 on Oct. 3.
The Vikings were led by junior Abi Jewett with 12 kills and one block and senior Mylee Gladwell who had 11 kills and 10 digs.
Senior Bryni Howell served two of the team’s five aces while recording six digs. Junior Emma Carr had two blocks while senior Rachel Bates recorded a block and seven digs.
Woods Cross lost to Bountiful Oct. 5 in three tough sets – 36-34, 27-25, 25-14.
“It was an incredible match,” said head coach Nicole Hogan. “We’ve compared stats between teams and they are amazingly close. The rallies in the first set were long and intense. I couldn’t have been more proud of my team. We are still trying to work out kinks in our lineup, so the fact that we were able to put it together was a big deal.”
Senior Whitney McEwan led the Wildcats with 20 kills and 20 digs while freshman Halle Hogan recorded 17 digs. Senior Paige McKenna ran the offense with 25 assists and had eight digs defensively.“The cool thing is we still have a lot of room for improvement,” Hogan said.