LAYTON -- Round 1 in this cross-town rivalry goes to the Knights, but not by a unanimous decision.
"We want to win, no matter what," said Northridge junior setter Tabby Williams. "We practice as hard as we can and play every team with the same enthusiasm. Layton and Fremont are our two big rivals."
The Knights, who can ill-afford any more home-court setbacks in a quest for their first league volleyball title since 2009, took care of business Tuesday with a 23-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 Region 1 victory over Layton High in 1 hour and 41 minutes at the 'Ridge.
"It was big to beat Layton. We knew it was going to be a big match," said the 16-year-old Williams, who became a starter midway through her sophomore year after Aimee Kyed suffered a concussion.
"In set 1, we didn't have enough intensity," she said. "We were kind of playing not to lose instead of playing to win. Losing (a three-setter) to Fremont (on Sept. 4) kind of humbled us. We have been focusing and preparing hard at practice to get ready for Fremont again."
Northridge rallied from a 5-0 set 4 deficit, building a 15-9 lead before the Lancers closed within 21-19.
"I knew we could pick it back up toward the end," Williams said. "We got more momentum and more energy. Being more excited made us want to finish it.
"Winning set 2 gave us the momentum to finish things off," she said. "We had enough of a lead to come back even when Layton got ahead. We came out with more fire after losing set 1. I know we could have pushed harder; one point could have made a difference."
The Knights' Kaitlin Verbitski had 12 kills, three block assists, seven digs and six aces. Janessa Cannell had six kills and three block assists; Brittley Eldredge had five kills and two block assists; Keana Smalls had five kills, one block assist and eight digs; Alex Gardner had four kills, five block assists, three digs and one ace; Williams had 25 assists, four kills, 12 digs and five aces; and libero Kelly Erwin had 20 digs for Northridge (16-6 overall, 4-1 league), which had 14 aces and committed eight service errors.
"I like to hit, but I've been setting since I started playing volleyball when I was 11 years old," Williams said. "I have to know where to place it, who is expecting the ball, where the blockers are and know what is going on on both sides of the court.
"I like to mix it up, and if someone is on a roll I like to set them," she said. "I know my hitters work hard, so I can give it to any of them and they won't disappoint me.
"I think we're good enough to win region," Williams said. "We're good teammates, we communicate with each other and we can lift each other up. We can always improve. We do well all-around and working on new things is good."
The Lancers' Eliza Katoa, a Utah commit, had 26 kills, two solo blocks, three block assists, three assists, 18 digs and three aces. Rylee Cate had 12 kills, two assists, 11 digs and four aces; Mikki Hill had two block assists, five assists and three aces; Hannah Hill had three kills, four block assists and one ace; and setter Mckell Moss had 33 assists, four kills, two block assists and one ace for Layton (9-5, 3-2), which had 12 aces and committed 12 service errors.
"We struggled with passing and had no options to set," said Layton coach Destree Donahue. "We had 42 passing errors. Hopefully, we'll fix that next time around."
* Davis def. Syracuse 26-24, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20: At Kaysville, the Darts' Abbie Darling had 14 kills, one solo block, 19 digs and one ace; Johanna Purdy had 14 kills, five block assists and seven digs; MaryKate Buttars had 10 kills, three block assists and 16 digs; setter Kendall Sargent had 22 assists, five kills, two block assists, 20 digs and three aces; and libero Breezy Roth had 20 digs for three-time defending league champion Davis (7-14, 3-2).
The Titans' Brinlee Hamblin had 10 kills, one block assist and nine digs; Marlee Adams had nine kills, two block assists and five digs; Brooke Pehrson had six kills, three solo blocks and four block assists; Hanna Anderson had six kills, one solo block and a block assist; and setter Chambray Taylor had 26 assists, three block assists and four digs for Syracuse (2-3).
* Fremont def. Viewmont 25-17, 25-19, 25-17: At Bountiful, the Silver Wolves' Whitney Wray had 10 kills and six digs and setter McKenzie Burrows had 31 assists and four kills for Fremont (13-3, 5-0).
The Vikings are 6-8, 0-6.
* Bonneville def. Logan 25-17, 25-11, 25-19: At Logan, the Lakers' Taylor Anderson had six kills, one solo block and an ace; Sam Filiaga had six kills, two solo blocks and two block assists; Cortney Porter had six kills, one solo block, a block assist, 11 digs and one ace; setter Elora Penrod had 16 assists, two digs and two aces; setter Andy Hancock had eight assists, two kills and two digs; and libero Haylee Sotomayor had 13 digs and five aces for Bonneville (8-7, 3-1).
The Grizzlies are 5-8, 1-3.
* Sky View def. Box Elder 25-21, 25-19, 25-19: At Brigham City, the Bees' Mallory Mueller had 10 kills, two block assists, two digs and three aces for Box Elder (6-7, 2-3).
The defending state 4-A champion Bobcats are 10-4, 4-0.
* Mountain Crest def. Roy 25-14, 27-25, 25-11: At Roy, the Mustangs are 12-3, 4-1; the Royals are 1-6, 0-4.
* Clearfield def. Kearns 25-15, 25-21, 25-17: At Kearns, the Falcons' Lucy Evans had seven kills and eight digs; Eliza Evans had six kills, two solo blocks and two aces; and setter Taylor Spaulding had 24 assists, five digs and three aces for Clearfield (14-7, 4-1).
* Morgan def. Union 25-13, 25-21, 25-9: At Roosevelt, the Trojans' McKenzie Schenk had eight kills and three solo blocks; Jaiden Farr had eight kills; Kennedy Wortman had four kills and four aces; Jessica Carter had five kills and two solo blocks; setter Jorry Randall had 15 assists and one ace; and setter Kristi Rhead had 14 assists, three kills and two solo blocks for Morgan (8-3, 2-0).
* Tooele def. Bear River 25-22, 23-25, 25-18, 25-13: At Tooele, the Bears fell to 2-9-2, 0-2.
* Layton Christian def. Waterford 14-25, 25-17, 16-25, 25-22, 15-11: At Layton Christian, the Eagles' Felicia Marshall had 24 kills and 13 digs; Vanessa Marshall had eight kills, seven assists, 17 digs and three aces; Jordan Czenkus had four kills and 10 digs; and setter Brianne Nichols had 32 assists, five kills and 10 digs for Layton Christian (5-8, 2-1).
* St. Joseph def. Wendover 25-15, 25-9, 25-8: At St. Joseph High, the Jayhawks' Britt Sederholm had 16 kills, four digs and three aces; Jessica Bischoff had 10 kills, three digs and one ace; Audra Thurston had four kills and two solo blocks; Daniele Shinaut had four kills; setter Emily Jackson had 18 assists, two kills, two digs and one ace; setter Bailey Pacheco had 14 assists; and libero Mady White had seven digs and five aces for 1-A runner-up St. Joseph (15-0, 4-0).