MORGAN -- Finally, a little competition on the volleyball court.
No disrespect to the former Region 11, but in most years, league play has been a cakewalk for the Morgan Trojans. But in the Region 10 opener on Thursday night, the Uintah Utes gave the Trojans a serious run for their money.
In the end, the Trojans came out victorious in four sets, 25-17, 23-25, 25-6, 25-21, but Morgan coach Liz Wiscombe was impressed with the Utes.
"Uintah came ready to play," she said. "They were focused and had a good game plan. They played hard and that's good for our kids."
After a comfortable win in Game 1, Morgan was not able get over the hump against the scrappy Utes in a 25-23 Game 2 loss. The score was always close, but the Trojans held the lead only once the entire way, 22-21, and struggled getting into position to get the big hit they needed to change the momentum.
"We just couldn't get a break and couldn't get anything powered up," Wiscombe said. "Uintah was playing really well and ran a good offense and we just didn't seem to get a lot on the ball."
But in the third game everything came together for Morgan, especially its serves. Jorry Randall, Kristi Rhead and Kennedy Wortman each went on long service runs to put the game out of reach early.
"I was proud of the way our kids served tonight," Wiscombe said. "This is one of the best serving teams we've had at Morgan High School in a while."
Uintah didn't back down, however, and put up yet another good fight in Game 4 before the Trojans finally pulled away down the stretch. A pair of timely kills by Wortman allowed the Trojans to regain the lead after the Utes had tied the score at 19-19 and again at 20-20. Morgan then scored the last four points to finish the match.
"It's gonna be fun because there's good volleyball in this region," Wiscombe said. "It's going to push us and that's what we need to get us ready for everything. I thought we battled and stayed together tonight. They didn't break up or worry about themselves or beat themselves up. I was proud of everybody tonight."
Sophomore outside hitter Jaiden Farr was on top of her game, leading the Trojans (7-3 overall, 1-0 league) with 19 kills. McKenzie Schenk added a dozen kills and three blocks. Randall, who has been nursing a wrist injury, recorded 31 set assists and had an impressive 27 service points, including five aces. Wortman added 12 service points and six kills, while Rhead had 21 set assists, eight digs, seven kills and a pair of blocks. Casey Thomson chipped in with eight digs.
* Layton def. Davis 25-13, 23-25, 25-7, 25-13: At Layton High, the Lancers' Eliza Katoa had 24 kills, nine digs and nine aces; Rylee Cate had 15 kills and six digs; Grace Borges had five kills, seven solo blocks and two aces; Mikki Hill had three kills and two aces; and setter Mckell Moss had 41 assists and three aces for Layton (9-4, 3-1).
Abbie Darling had nine kills and 10 digs for the three-time defending league champion Darts (6-14, 2-2).
* Northridge def. Weber 25-23, 25-18, 25-22: At Pleasant View, the Knights' Kaitlin Verbitski had 10 kills, one solo block, a block assist and eight digs; Alex Gardner had seven kills, one solo block, a block assist and one ace; Rachel Parson had six kills, eight digs and three aces; Brittley Eldredge had five kills and three block assists; Janessa Cannell had four kills and two block assists; setter Tabby Williams had 29 assists, two kills, one block assist and three digs; libero Kelly Erwin had 13 digs; and Ashley Vernier had five digs for Northridge (15-6, 3-1).
The Warriors' Mikala Lockwood had nine kills and two solo blocks; Chase Doughty had eight kills and 13 digs; Holly Stocker had five kills, 15 digs and two aces; Hadley Handsaker had five kills and four solo blocks; and setter Ashlyn Capener had 27 assists and nine digs for Weber (11-10-2, 1-4), which took third at Woods Cross' Clawbuster tournament.
* Syracuse def. Viewmont 25-20, 22-25, 25-18, 35-33: At Syracuse, the Titans' Marlee Adams had 19 kills and three digs; Brinlee Hamblin had 11 kills and one ace; Brooke Pehrson had 11 kills, two solo blocks and one ace; and setter Chambray Taylor had 45 assists, one solo block and an ace for Syracuse (2-2).
The Vikings' Amanda Varley had 14 kills, one solo block and an ace; Emily Madsen had 11 kills, two solo blocks, three block assists, 10 digs and three aces; Kauri Tye had three kills, five solo blocks and five block assists; setter Holland Hutchings had 32 assists and seven digs; and libero Rhiannan Jimenez had 30 digs and one ace for Viewmont (6-7, 0-5).
* Bonneville def. Box Elder 25-18, 25-15, 15-25, 25-15: At Washington Terrace, the Lakers' Cortney Porter had 14 kills, 10 digs and two aces; Taylor Anderson had 11 kills, six digs and 10 aces; setter Elora Penrod had 18 assists, two kills, 13 digs and three aces; setter Andy Hancock had 10 assists, two kills and seven digs; and libero Haylee Sotomayor had 16 digs and five aces for the Lakers (7-7, 2-1).
The Bees are 6-6, 2-2.
* Sky View def. Ogden 25-12, 25-12, 25-19: At Smithfield, the Tigers' Chloe Oki had four kills, seven digs and one service point; Madi Kramer had four kills, nine digs and three service points; Addison Bowen had two kills, five digs and three service points; setter Clara Call had 11 assists, one kill, five digs and two service points; and Ali Patrolia had four digs and five service points for Ogden (2-12, 1-3).
The defending state 4-A champion Bobcats are 9-4, 3-0.
In the other league match, Mountain Crest def. Logan 25-14, 25-12, 25-14.
* Grantsville def. Bear River 25-23, 25-22, 17-25, 25-14: At Garland, the Bears' Alyssa Park had 19 kills, four digs and one ace; Fallon Peterson had three kills and one solo block; Taylie Bee had three kills; freshman Abby Giles had three kills and one ace; setter Jenny Bitner had 30 assists and one ace; and freshman Jessica Rose had one ace and 11 service points for Bear River (2-8-2, 0-1), which had six aces and committed 21 service errors.
* Rowland Hall-St. Mark's def. Layton Christian 25-15, 25-17, 25-10: At Salt Lake City, the Eagles' Felicia Marshall had six kills; Vanessa Marshall had five kills, one assist and two aces; Jordan Czenkus had three kills and one assist; setter Brianne Nichols had 19 assists; and Kylie Goodwin had one kill and an ace for Layton Christian (2-4, 1-1).