SYRACUSE -- It is always good to win your season opener, especially on the road and versus a state 5-A opponent.
Despite starting practice a week later this year -- the official volleyball starting date was Aug. 12 -- the 4-A Lakers steamed past Syracuse High 27-29, 26-24, 25-17, 25-21 in 1 hour and 45 minutes Tuesday in a non-league match.
The youthful Titans nearly forced a deciding Game 5, overcoming a 24-15 deficit after committing a hitting error.
"I feel real positive about this season," said Bonneville coach Angie Williams. "There is a lot of growth to come and we have four starters back."
Game 1 was error filled with each team struggling to find any consistency either hitting or serving.
"After Game 1, our blocking was better," Williams said. "We took then out of their offense with tough serving. I think it was just our nerves in Game 1. We have some veteran players and some young, inexperienced ones, too.
"(Junior) Ellie Jensen played soccer last year, and she will be a big help on the right side," she said. "I also think the senior leadership of our two setters will be a big plus for us."
The Lakers run a 6-2 offense with setters Andy Hancock and Elora Penrod.
"Running the 6-2 gives us a big block on the right side," Williams said. "Andy and Elora are pretty comparable in their abilities."
Hancock had 12 assists, seven digs and two aces. Penrod, whose older sister Caitlin is a Bonneville assistant coach this year after playing at Weber State, had 14 assists, one kill, a block assist, 11 digs and three aces.
"Defensively, we were scrappy," Williams said. "Blocking and defense will be our strong points this year. The girls started to know when they played together they were the better team."
Cortney Porter had seven kills, one solo block, an ace and 12 digs; Taylor Anderson had nine kills; Sam Filiaga had five kills and three block assists; and libero Haylee Sotomayor had 20 digs, two kills, one assist and two aces for the Lakers, who had six aces but committed a whopping 16 service errors -- six in Game 1.
"Expectations are high this year. We expect to contend for the Region 5 title," Williams said. "We still need to work on our transition game, moving our feet and serve-receive.
"There is really nothing that we can't improve on or get better at," she said.
Bonneville is at the Tournament of Champions on Friday and Saturday at Skyline.
The Titans are playing without senior Kara Mudrow and junior Demi Hamblin, who each didn't try out for the team this year.
"We're really young and we don't have a lot of players with varsity experience," said Syracuse coach Nicole Davies. "Still, I'm excited for the season.
"I was happy with our defense and passing today. We kept balls in play, but we're still looking for someone to terminate the ball."
The Titans' Marlee Adams had 10 kills and eight digs; Brooke Pehrson had eight kills; Hanna Anderson had four kills; setter Chambray Taylor had 18 assists; setter Mateah Tuckett had nine assists; and libero Abbey Bowden had 12 digs.
"We need to improve on our serving and hitting," Davies said.
Syracuse will try a 5-1 offense on Thursday and Friday at the Hunter tournament. The Titans ran a 6-2 against Bonneville.
* Fremont def. box elder 25-15, 25-19, 25-14: At Plain City, the Silver Wolves' Jessica Quayle had seven kills, one block assist and three digs; Brooke Lamb had 10 kills, one ace, a solo block, two block assists and three digs; Whitney Wray had six kills, four digs and two aces; setter McKenzie Burrows had 23 assists, three kills, five digs and two aces; and libero Megan Gallegos had eight digs, two assists and two aces for Fremont, which had nine aces and 11 service errors.
The Bees' Stephanie Crapse had seven kills and nine digs and setter Ali Lee had 11 assists.
* WEBER 4, OGDEN 2: At Pleasant View, the Tigers led 1-0, but then Warriors turned on the jets for another preseason win.
Ogden scored early and late on PKs from Jamie Hanson.
Skylee Schenck had two goals and Emma Bushell added a goal and an assist for the Warriors. Brooke Kendall scored Weber's final goal, while Lauren Saunders and Jennie Perkins registered assists.
Coach Sheena Knight credited Weber's overall defensive presence in the back-and-forth contest.
"Lots of young players are stepping up as well," she said.
* SKYLINE 5, SYRACUSE 1: At Syracuse, the Titans fell behind 3-1 at halftime, getting their lone goal of the match from Nicole Kimber.
"Skyline came out ready to play. We came out flat and they capitalized on their opportunities," said Syracuse coach Todd Schwartz.
* DAVIS 10, LOGAN 0: At Kaysville, the Darts routed the Grizzlies.
Ireland Dunn, Regyn Youngberg, Haley Stafford and Kenzie Bell each scored two goals apiece and Abbey Mann and Madi Russell also scored.
Sarah Beecher recorded the shutout in goal for Davis.
* BONNEVILLE 3, JUAN DIEGO 3 (2OT): At Washington Terrace, the Lakers let one get away as the Soaring Eagle tied things up with minutes to play in regulation.
Bonneville gave up two early scores but then controlled much of the action after that. Makenzie Price and Ellee Hall each scored for the Lakers with Hall adding a PK goal in the second half as well.
Melanie Mecham scored twice for Juan Diego, with Holly Chapton adding a goal.
* ROY 5, MILLARD 1: At Roy, the Royals got off to a slow start in a scoreless first half before igniting a spark in the second half.
Taryn Davies notched four goals to lead Roy. Rhyan Tafoya added one more as the Royals finally got revved up.
"That's kind of been our issue. We've had our chances in the first half but we finally played better in the second half," Roy coach Lance Jorgensen said.
* ST. JOSEPH 4, MORGAN 3: At St. Joseph High, the Jayhawks rallied after falling behind in the second half.
Christiana Behnken had a hat trick, including two goals after the break to give St. Joseph the win. Issy Leo also scored for the Jayhawks.
For Morgan, Kazarie Kephart netted two goals and Regan McGreer added another.
St. Joseph led 2-1 halftime before Morgan surged ahead, 3-2.