LAYTON -- No more hiccups for the Lancers.
In a quest for its first Region 1 volleyball title since 2008, Layton High must go undefeated during the second half of league play.
The first step came Thursday in the Lancers' 25-17, 25-15, 25-17 romp over fading Syracuse in just 58 minutes.
Layton, which had the league bye Tuesday, had one week to fine-tune things in preparation for the Titans.
"We worked on passing since our last match (a three-setter) with Weber (on Sept. 26)," said Lancers junior outside hitter Rylee Cate. "It helped us knowing our areas on the court and to trust each other.
"We had worked on our weaknesses and we knew Syracuse had worked on theirs," she said. "We can't overlook anyone because all the teams have improved.
"We're looking forward to the challenges in the second half," Cate said. "We're looking forward to playing (league-leading) Fremont on Tuesday (at Plain City). There is no team in the region that is unbeatable."
The 17-year-old Cate had 10 kills, one block assist, an assist, six digs and two aces for Layton (11-5 overall, 5-2 league).
"It takes a team to play this sport and Eliza (Katoa) is an awesome player," Cate said. "It takes everybody contributing for the game to be at its best."
Katoa, a Utah commit, had 17 kills, two block assists, 13 digs and two aces; Grace Borges had eight kills and four block assists; Hannah Hill had four kills and three block assists; Mikki Hill had two kills, three block assists, three assists and one ace; setter Mckell Moss had 33 assists, one kill, a block assist, two digs and two aces; and libero Carrigan Price had five digs for the Lancers, who had seven aces and committed three service errors.
"We did it more as a team today than as individual players. It helps the whole team when we spread the hitting around," Cate said. "It's easier to defend us when it's just Eliza doing the hitting.
"We're more unpredictable when we spread the ball around," she said. "We're trying to get everyone involved so we don't put too much pressure on one or two players.
"A big part of my role is my attitude and motions on the court," Cate said. "If we're going to win region, it will take a lot of hard work and dedication. I have no doubt my team will pull through."
Cate, whose older sisters Kelsey and Haley were granted a variance to play at Northridge, is a two-year starter at outside hitter. Rylee played libero and right-side hitter as a freshman.
"Back in the day, I thought I would follow my sisters' footsteps and be a Knight," Cate said. "But I'm glad, happy and proud I'm here at Layton. I wanted to play as a freshman, and to do that, you have to play within your boundary."
The Titans' Marlee Adams had seven kills, one solo block and eight digs; Brooke Pehrson had four kills, two solo blocks, one dig and an ace; setter Chambray Taylor had 20 assists and one ace; and libero Abbey Bowden had five digs for Syracuse (2-6).
* Fremont def. Weber 25-15, 25-19, 25-15: At Pleasant View, the Silver Wolves' Brooke Lamb had 11 kills, one block assist and five digs; Whitney Wray had nine kills and four digs; Jessica Quayle had seven kills, four assists, six digs and three aces; Amanda Wayment had five kills, one block assist and three digs; Jessica Snarr had three kills and two block assists; setter McKenzie Burrows had 29 assists, four kills, one block assist, five digs and two aces; and libero Megan Gallegos had 10 digs and one ace for Fremont (16-3, 8-0).
The Warriors are 12-12-2, 2-6.
* Northridge def. Viewmont 25-12, 25-16, 26-24: At Northridge High, the Knights' Rachel Parson had 11 kills and six digs; Kaitlin Verbitski had 10 kills, five digs and three aces; Janessa Cannell had six kills, three block assists and three assists; Brittley Eldredge had five kills, one solo block and a block assist; Alex Gardner had four kills, one solo block, two block assists and one ace; setter Tabby Williams had 29 assists, four digs and one ace; libero Kelly Erwin had 11 digs and two aces; and Ashley Vernier had six digs and two aces for Northridge (18-7, 6-2).
The Vikings' Amanda Varley had seven kills, one solo block, two block assists and five digs; Maddi Luczak had four kills and two block assists; freshman Liz Hewlett had three kills, two solo blocks and two block assists; setter Merri Luczak had 14 assists and eight digs; and libero Lauren Merrill had 26 digs and two kills for Viewmont (7-10, 0-8).
* Box Elder def. Logan 25-17, 25-18, 21-25, 25-27, 15-13: At Brigham City, the Bees' Mallory Mueller had 14 kills, one solo block and five block assists; Lexi Barlow had 13 kills, five block assists and three aces; setter Ashley Green had 20 assists and two digs; and setter Ali Lee had 20 assists, six digs and one ace for Box Elder (8-7, 4-3).
The Grizzlies are 6-10, 2-5.
* Ogden def. Roy 25-18, 25-21, 25-7: At Roy, the Tigers' Chloe Oki had 17 kills, 12 digs, one ace and nine service points; Madi Kramer had seven kills, one assist, seven digs and six service points; Addison Bowen had two kills, one solo block, an assist, 10 digs, one ace and six service points; setter Clara Call had 28 assists, two kills, two solo blocks, two aces and 11 service points; and Nina Kubricky had five digs for Ogden (3-14, 2-5).
The last-place Royals are 1-9, 0-7.
In the other league match, defending state 4-A champion Sky View def. Mountain Crest 25-14, 25-23, 25-19.
The Bobcats are 13-4, 7-0; the Mustangs are 12-5, 4-3.
* Stansbury def. Bear River 25-19, 26-24, 25-19: At Stansbury Park, the Bears stumbled to 3-10-2, 1-3.
* Layton Christian def. Rockwell 25-6, 25-16, 25-9: At Layton Christian, the Eagles' Vanessa Marshall had 14 kills; Felicia Marshall had nine kills, six digs and 12 aces; Jordan Czenkus had five kills; freshman Hannah Perry had three solo blocks; and setter Brianne Nichols had 32 assists and six aces for Layton Christian (8-8, 5-1), which had 27 aces.
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