Prep volleyball: Darts get payback on way to 5-A title

Nov 7 2011 - 7:47pm

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(SPENSER HEAPS/Daily Herald) Davis players Camille Walker (5), Kaylie Kamalu (15) and Tanisha Langston (17),  celebrate a point in their 5-A state semifinals victory over Lone Peak at Utah Valley University in Orem on Saturday.
(SPENSER HEAPS/Daily Herald) Janessa Koellike and Kaylie Kamalu guard the net for Davis in their 5-A state championships semifinals victory over Lone Peak at Utah Valley University in Orem on Saturday.
(SPENSER HEAPS/Daily Herald) Davis players Camille Walker (5), Kaylie Kamalu (15) and Tanisha Langston (17),  celebrate a point in their 5-A state semifinals victory over Lone Peak at Utah Valley University in Orem on Saturday.
(SPENSER HEAPS/Daily Herald) Janessa Koellike and Kaylie Kamalu guard the net for Davis in their 5-A state championships semifinals victory over Lone Peak at Utah Valley University in Orem on Saturday.

OREM -- The Darts got their payback, and with it, the state 5-A volleyball title.

In 2010, Davis High dropped its semifinal-round matchup to Lone Peak, with the Knights later capturing their fifth state championship in either the 5-A or 4-A ranks.

The revenge-minded Darts speared the Region 4 tri-champion Knights 25-23, 25-16, 18-25, 25-16 in 1 hour, 31 minutes to advance to Saturday's title game versus Lehi -- a newcomer to the state 5-A classification -- at Utah Valley University.

Two-time defending Region 1 champion Davis High extended its winning streak to 13 after spanking the Region 4 tri-champion Pioneers 25-17, 25-17, 25-19 in the Utah Community Credit Union Center.

It is the Darts' first state volleyball championship since consecutive 3-A titles in 1974 and 1975. Davis coach Lori Salvo can add this one to the back-to-back 5-A titles she won at Viewmont in 2003 and 2004 while coaching her daughter Airial.

"I'm so excited. This is really awesome and feels good," said Davis senior outside hitter Candace Richins. "Lone Peak beat us last year (in three games) in this same situation, so we came out fired up and wanting to redeem ourselves.

"A lot of momentum carried over from the Pleasant Grove match (a three-game victory on Friday)," she said. "That's when we realized we could do this and win state. These last two matches are the best we've played all year. We're peaking at the right time, and this is so much fun."

The 17-year-old Richins, a three-year starter who has verbally committed to Utah State University, had 18 kills, one solo block, four block assists and nine digs. Kaylie Kamalu had 11 kills, one block assist, eight digs and three aces; setter Camille Walker had 16 assists, seven kills, two block assists, nine digs and one ace; Lauren Stringham had five kills, four block assists and three digs; Tanisha Langston had five kills, two block assists, three assists and two digs; Janessa Koelliker had two kills, two solo blocks, five block assists and three digs; setter Kendall Sargent had 24 assists, 10 digs and two aces; and libero Baylie Henrie had 18 digs and one ace for Davis (30-4 overall), which had seven aces and nine service errors.

"It would mean the world to me to win state," Richins said. "It's been a dream of mine since the eighth or ninth grade, and to be a senior would top it off."

* NORTHRIDGE DEF. PLEASANT GROVE 19-25, 25-16, 27-25, 26-24: The Knights' Allora Tanner had eight kills, 19 digs and one ace; Alex Gardner had six kills and one block assist; Kaitlin Verbitski had four kills, one solo block and two aces; setter Elizabeth Goodrich had 20 assists, one kill, four block assists, eight digs and an ace; and libero Nikki Hansen had 11 digs for Northridge, which had 10 aces and nine service errors.

* LAYTON DEF. FREMONT 25-16, 22-25, 22-25, 25-19, 15-7: The Lancers' Eliza Katoa had 26 kills, one solo block, two block assists and nine digs; Courtnie Merrill had eight kills, two solo blocks, two block assists, 12 digs and four aces; Corinne Rhoton had 10 kills; senior setter Camry Godfrey had 38 assists, four solo blocks, five block assists and seven digs; freshman libero Rylee Cate had 14 digs; and Mckell Moss had 22 digs for Layton.

The Silver Wolves' Preslee Patton had 15 kills, two block assists, 11 digs and three aces; Stephanie Harris had 11 kills, 15 digs and four aces; Rachel Nish had seven kills, one block assist, seven digs and an ace; setter Morgan Smith had 37 assists, two block assists, 10 digs and two aces; and libero Sariah Pelaez had 29 digs and two aces for Fremont (26-6), which had 14 aces and 16 service errors.

* LAYTON DEF. NORTHRIDGE 25-11, 25-19, 25-17: The Lancers placed at the state 5-A tournament for the first time since their league championship season in 2008, finishing fifth in 2011.

Katoa had 17 kills, one solo block, 10 digs and two aces; Merrill had seven kills and 12 digs; Emily LeCheminant had five kills, three solo blocks, four block assists, six digs and three aces; and Godfrey had 38 assists, five kills, two solo blocks, one block assist, 12 digs and two aces for Layton (26-8), which had eight aces and nine service errors.

"I'm sad it's over, but I'm glad how our team came together," said the 18-year-old Godfrey. "I know I will have other opportunities in volleyball, so that makes it not so sad. We wanted to end on a high note and place at state."

Tanner had six kills and 11 digs; Verbitski had six kills and one block assist; Gardner had five kills; Goodrich had 20 assists, four kills, one block assist and four digs; and Hansen had seven digs for Northridge (25-9), which had two aces and seven service errors.

The Knights were seventh, their first 5-A finish since 2008.

4-A tournament

* BOUNTIFUL DEF. BOX ELDER 25-18, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21: The Bees' Sommer Reeder had 10 kills, one solo block, four block assists and 13 digs; Savannah Jones had 12 kills and four block assists; Kylee Southwick had 10 kills and five block assists; setter Allie Ewing had 28 assists, two block assists and 12 digs; and libero Lacey Farley had 29 digs and one ace for Box Elder (23-9), which had five aces and 10 service errors.

The two-time defending Region 5 champion Bees lost twice to the Region 6 co-champion Braves this season.

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