Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 2:14 PM
MORGAN – In the last 10 years under coach Liz Wiscombe, the Morgan Trojans have lost exactly one region volleyball match. That was a loss to Uintah back in 2006.
With a three-game sweep of Park City, 25-14, 25-11, 25-23, on Tuesday night, the Trojans capped yet another undefeated run through league play to earn the Region 10 championship and the region’s top seed in next weekend’s state tournament at Utah Valley University.
“I feel like there’s something magical almost that Coach Wiscombe brings that just makes the region championship happen,” said Morgan setter and opposite side hitter Kristi Rhead. “I remember feeling that when I first came to Morgan my sophomore year. She just makes volleyball so much fun and makes the region championship come naturally.”
Rhead, one of five seniors on this year’s team, recorded 18 set assists, five kills and an ace against the Miners. Fellow senior McKenzie Schenk had 10 kills, three blocks and a pair of aces, while sophomore Jaiden Farr added eight kills, five digs and four solo blocks. Setter Jorry Randall contributed 17 set assists and two digs. Seniors Shaylie Duncan and Casey Thomson had five digs apiece.
Sophomore outside hitter Kennedy Wortman added seven kills and three aces and was particularly outstanding in the first set.
"Kennedy started really strong,” Wiscombe said. “She really did. She swung hard and it was good for us. It kept us going.”
Senior night is always an emotional night for Wiscombe, who every season watches another stellar class pass through the program.
“I think every year, ‘I’m not going to have emotions this year,’” Wiscombe said. “But every year I do because you just get so attached to these kids. They work hard and you see them pay the price. They’re a great group of seniors and we’re gonna miss them. But we’ve got some work to do first.”
The Trojans (15-4) finish off the season with a match at Skyline on Friday before preparing in earnest for the 3-A tournament, which begins with an early morning match against Dixie on Nov. 1.
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