Layton — The Silver Wolves got their payback, but at what price?
In a 2 hour and 7 minute marathon match Wednesday, Fremont closed out the Region 1 season with a 20-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 15-12 victory over the Knights at the ’Ridge.
But Fremont, which tied Layton High for second place in the final league standings, may be without Sariah Pelaez for the remainder of the season.
Pelaez, a senior libero, injured her right knee with the Silver Wolves leading 6-3 in set 4. She watched the rest of the match with an ice bag on her knee, her leg propped up on a folding chair.
“We wanted to play for each other and for Sariah. That was a tough loss,” said Fremont senior outside hitter Rachel Nish. “We all came together after Sariah got hurt, and Megan (Gallegos) came in and did a good job for Sariah.”
The 17-year-old Nish, who played right-side hitter as a junior, had a career-high 19 kills — including the match-winner — nine digs and two aces.
“We made a lot of little errors in the first two sets,” she said. “Coach (Brock Mitchell) motivated us and we motivated ourselves. It feels so good to beat Northridge; we wanted to sweep them.”
On Sept. 27 at Plain City, the Silver Wolves dropped a five-setter after winning the first two sets versus Northridge.
“We started out slowly today; we came out kind of flat,” Nish said. “Then we picked up our intensity and pulled through.”
The Knights, who rallied from a 14-5 set 3 deficit and pulled even at 24-all, committed a costly service error.
“They set me a lot and I was able to put the ball away,” said Nish, who played some right-side hitter earlier this year before switching to outside hitter. “I played outside hitter on my club team, so I have experience at both positions.”
The Silver Wolves’ Brooke Lamb had 15 kills, one solo block and six digs; Siera Green had 11 kills, four block assists, nine digs and three aces; Kayla Ivins had eight kills and two block assists; Jessica Quayle had five kills, two block assists and seven digs; setter McKenzie Burrows had 51 assists, four kills, two solo blocks, three block assists and 12 digs; and Pelaez had 20 digs, two kills, four assists and one ace for Fremont, which had eight aces and 14 service errors.
“This was our best match of the season,” Nish said. “We really pulled together and we knew how much we wanted it. We dedicated it to Sariah after she got hurt and we really hustled on the court.
“Now we need to win the coin toss and get second place,” she said. “Then we’ll play our hearts out at the 5-A tournament.”
The Knights’ Kaitlin Verbitski had 18 kills, 14 digs and one ace; Alex Gardner had seven kills and one block assist; Alex Smith had six kills, three block assists, 13 digs and six aces; freshman Rachel Parson had five kills, one block assist and four digs; Brittley Eldredge had four kills and four block assists; Shayd Wright had three kills and two block assists; Bella Nickerson had three digs and three aces; setter Aimee Kyed had 20 assists, seven digs and one ace; setter Tabby Williams had 18 assists and four digs; and libero Nikki Hansen had 31 digs and three assists for Northridge, which had 11 aces and 12 service errors in losing back-to-back five-setters.
• Davis def. Layton 25-20, 25-23, 25-13: At Layton High, the Darts’ Kaylie Kamalu had 12 kills, one block assist and three digs; Camille Walker had eight kills, 12 digs and three aces; Tina Taylor had six kills, one block assist and a dig; Tanisha Langston had five kills, two block assists and five digs; Marissa Todd had three kills, one block assist and four digs; setter Kendall Sargent had 14 assists, four digs and one ace; and setter Jamie Selleneit had 11 assists, two digs and one ace for three-time defending league champion Davis, which extended its winning streak to 10.
The Lancers’ Rylee Cate had seven kills, two digs and one ace; Corinne Rhoton had six kills and two block assists; Mckell Moss had five kills, one block assist and four digs; and setter Mikki Hill had 16 assists, three block assists, four digs and one ace.
Layton and Fremont will have a coin toss to determine the league’s Nos. 2 and 3 seeds for the state 5-A tournament, which gets under way Nov. 2 at Utah Valley University’s Utah Community Credit Union Center.
• Syracuse def. Weber 25-18, 26-24, 25-23: At Pleasant View, the Titans’ Maggie Hansen had 19 kills, one block assist and nine digs; Breckell Soifua had 14 kills, two block assists and five digs; Kara Mudrow had 10 kills, three digs and three aces; and setter Brook Follett had 24 assists, one kill, four block assists and three aces.
The Warriors’ Morgan Bischoff had 14 kills and 10 digs; Hadley Handsaker had four kills, one dig and two aces; setter Maren Ulrich had 19 assists; and libero Hanna Buswell had 11 digs for Weber, which went winless in Region 1 for the second straight year.
• Bonneville def. Logan 23-25, 18-25, 25-5, 25-12, 15-7: At Logan, the Lakers’ Cortney Porter had 13 kills, four block assists and three digs; Kalyn Sotomayor had nine kills, five solo blocks, 10 block assists, four digs and five aces; Kelly Roberts had eight kills, two solo blocks, two block assists and 11 digs; Tavia Young had seven kills, four block assists and three digs; setter Andy Hancock had 38 assists, five kills, two block assists, 12 digs and four aces; and libero Jamie Garner had 25 digs and two aces.
• Box Elder def. Roy 25-21, 25-18, 25-22: At Roy, the Royals’ Krysta Ratcliffe had eight kills and one solo block; Aubree Porter had five kills and nine digs; Lexi Hadley had two kills and four aces; and setters Abby Kennedy and WyLee Fielding each had nine assists for Roy, which has won only one league match in the last two years.
In the other match, Sky View def. Mountain Crest 25-17, 25-15, 25-13 for its fifth consecutive league title.