PREP VOLLEYBALL: Syracuse claims first outright region title in program history

Tuesday , October 24, 2017 - 10:54 PM

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

PLEASANT VIEW — Syracuse’s first outright region volleyball title might have seemed like a foregone conclusion heading into Tuesday’s matchup against last-place Weber, but it ended up requiring quite the effort.

Syracuse dropped the opening set but rebounded to take the following three to improve its Region 1 record to 10-0 and claim the outright title.

Even the sets the Titans won were strongly contested by the Warriors. The two teams were tied 18-18 in the second set before Syracuse scored six straight, eventually winning 25-21.

Weber led the third set 15-9 before Syracuse scored five straight. Later in the set, with the teams tied 18-18, the Titans went on a 5-1 run. Syracuse won the set 25-23.

In the fourth set, the Warriors used a 7-0 run to build an 11-6 lead, but the Titans recovered and eventually took a 24-20 advantage. Still, Weber refused to quit, scoring four straight to tie the set at 24-24.

Back-to-back kills by freshman Saige Dimick — the younger sister of former Syracuse and University of Utah football player Hunter Dimick — and senior Breanna Jessop gave Syracuse a 26-24 win and a chance to finally celebrate.

“They were scrappy,” Syracuse coach Corrie Vigil said of Weber. “They picked up a lot and they played us well, I thought.”

A timeout was called after Weber tied the fourth set at 24-24 and Syracuse setter Aubri Whatcott said the conversation in the huddle was “short and sweet.”

“We were just like, ‘Do we want to win? Put the ball away. Close out,’” Whatcott said.

For seniors like Jessop and Whatcott, the region title is just another mark of success. They won the district championship together as freshman.

“We’ve always had a really good group of girls,” Jessop said. “We were a good sophomore team and we were a good JV team and just moved up to being a great varsity team.”

Whatcott finished with 37 assists and 10 digs. Valerie Harker had 21 digs, and Megan Chandler had 11 kills and 10 digs.

Syracuse (24-2, 10-0 Region 1) has two region games left before the start of the 6-A tournament on Nov. 2 at Utah Valley University.


BOUNTIFUL 3, BOX ELDER 0

BOUNTIFUL — Bountiful beat Box Elder in straight sets by scores of 25-22, 25-20, 25-20 to claim the outright Region 5 title.

Brook Pe’a led Bountiful at the net with 13 kills. Kaybrie Pe’a and Baylee Mittelstaedt each added eight kills for the Braves. Hannah Howard served three aces and Bri Mortensen posted 34 assists and 23 digs.

Emily Isaacson led Box Elder with 11 kills, 11 digs and one block. Shayna Baugh added 10 kills, three blocks and 15 digs for the Bees.

DAVIS 3, CLEARFIELD 1

KAYSVILLE — Davis beat Clearfield in four sets for the Region 1 victory by scores of 25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 26-24.

Olivia Watts led Davis with 11 kills, while Hannah Stahle added 10 and Emilee Turner nine. Lexi Todd collected 20 digs and Lydia Stahle dished out 32 assists for the Darts.

FREMONT 3, LAYTON 2

LAYTON — Layton won a marathon third set to take a 2-1 lead, but Fremont came back to beat the Lancers in the Region 1 contest. Scores were 25-19, 23-25, 27-29, 25-22, 15-10.

Jantzen Smith posted 11 kills, 19 digs, one ace and two blocks for Fremont. Rylee Boyle had 32 assists, 11 digs, 13 kills, two aces and one block. Haylee Doxey had seven kills and eight blocks while Mesia Child added six kills and four blocks. Brittyn Haney collected 20 digs and one ace.

VIEWMONT 3, ROY 0

BOUNTIFUL — Viewmont swept Roy in Region 5 action. Set scores were 25-14, 25-19, 25-16.

Mylee Gladwell led Viewmont at the net with eight kills. Melissa Sorenson had two blocks, Bryni Howell dished out 18 assists and Eliza Johnson added four aces and seven digs for the Vikings.


Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.

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