LAYTON — Four days in since their season opener and the Darts are still undefeated.
A bit surprising, perhaps, for defending state 5-A champion Davis High School, which graduated six seniors off last year’s 30-4 team.
The Darts steamrolled a seven-team field in sweeping the two-day Round Table Rumble volleyball tournament at Northridge, dropping only one game in nine matches, which were best-of-three.
In Saturday’s one-sided championship finale, Davis spanked Woods Cross 25-12, 25-16 in just 36 minutes.
“It’s what we worked for and hoped for, but we had to play every match,” said Darts senior outside hitter Camille Walker. “It’s our first tournament of the year, and we’re still getting a feel for each other. So we’re not upset with that game loss to Northridge (in pool play) on Friday.”
Davis dropped 5-A runner-up Lehi 25-15, 25-20 in one semifinal-round match earlier Saturday. The Wildcats topped Fremont 18-25, 25-21, 15-10 in the other semifinal.
“We passed the ball well, and we took care of the little things,” said Walker, who turned 17 years old on Tuesday. “We blocked well and we have a lot of hitters, so we’ll be strong at the net. No matter who is on the court, we have players who can put the ball away.”
Walker had seven kills, one solo block and one dig versus Woods Cross. Tanisha Langston had eight kills, one solo block, one assist, three digs and two aces; Kaylie Kamalu had three kills, one assist, six digs and one ace; Jessica Richardson had two kills and two solo blocks; setter Kendall Sargent had 16 assists, one dig and one ace; and setter Jamie Selleneit had six assists and two digs for the Darts (10-0 overall), who had six aces in extending their winning streak to 23 matches dating back to 2011.
Walker is not setting for Davis this season, she is just a 6-foot-1 attacker.
“This year we’ve got two super setters, so I went back to just hitting. I’m doing what is best for the team,” Walker said. “We had six seniors last year, and we have awesome girls to step in and fill those spots.
“We have a target on our back because everybody wants to beat us,” she said. “We have to stay focused and play our game. We trust each other and we have fun on the court.
“It’s the fun combined with unity and talent that makes us a good team,” Walker said. “But it’s how we play as a team and not individually that will determine how successful we are. Our communication on the court can be better, and this was a good start to our season and to get a feeling for how we play together.”
Walker is one of four Darts seniors to have given a verbal college commitment, where she is headed to BYU. Camille’s older sister, Kayla, finished her playing career with the Cougars in 2009.
Langston is a Weber State commit, Kamalu is a Utah State commit and Marissa Todd is an Idaho State commit.
“I’m one of the team captains so I have to be a leader on the court and never let down,” Walker said. “I always need to be playing my best, no matter the situation.
“It’s really early in the season, but we would like to win another state title,” she said. “We know it won’t be handed to us and we have to work hard.”
Two-time defending Region 1 champion Davis opens league play Sept. 11 at Fremont.
The Silver Wolves went 5-3 at the Round Table Rumble and Northridge was 4-4.
The Davis High girls won the American Fork Grass Relays on Saturday at American Fork, while the Davis boys ran an impressive second to the host Cavemen in the 2-mile team race.
In the girls portion of the race, Orem’s Summer Harper set a new meet record of 11 minutes, 36 seconds, with Davis’ Ellie Child (11:59) and Mountain Crest’s Tori Parkinson (12:04) right behind. Davis’ Shea Martinez ran sixth to help the Darts win the team race in 62:41, the second-best time ever. Mountain Crest was second, with Orem third. Woods Cross ran seventh.
Timpanogos’ Jake Heslington ran in 9:57, the second-fastest boys time in event history, but American Fork had four runners in the top 10 to set an all-time team record of 51:46.
Davis, led by Alex Hedquist (sixth) and Skyler Williams (eighth), finished second in 52:33, the third-fastest time ever.