LAYTON -- Even on senior day, the Lancers did not lose sight of the target.
Layton High's four seniors went out winners Thursday in their final home match, sweeping the Knights 25-17, 25-17, 27-25 in 1 hour and 17 minutes.
"It was a goal to sweep Northridge," said Lancers senior setter Mckell Moss. "We didn't give up when they made a push for a couple of points in set 3. We kept pushing to the end."
The crosstown rivals were deadlocked for second place in Region 1 coming in, with the Knights winning a four-setter over Layton on Sept. 24 at the 'Ridge.
"We passed the ball a lot better today," said Moss, a Salt Lake Community College commit. "We had a lot more focus today and we had a fire under us. Northridge has always been our big rival in volleyball.
"We wanted to finish second in region, we wanted to beat Northridge and we wanted it for the four seniors," she said. "This will put us in a good position for state. We know we have the potential to be good, and we can see that with this win."
The Knights led 23-22 in set 3, but Utah commit Eliza Katoa had four kills for Layton (20-7 overall, 9-2 league), including the match-winner.
"It's so much fun playing with Eliza; she is very fun to set for," said the 17-year-old Moss. "Not only is Eliza an awesome player, but she is a good all-around person."
Katoa had 22 kills on 52 swings, two solo blocks, one block assist, eight digs and one ace.
"When it's crunch time, Eliza is the go-to player," Moss said. "I can trust her to put the ball away."
Moss, a two-year starter, had 34 assists, one kill, three block assists and five digs. Rylee Cate had 11 kills, one solo block, two block assists, one assist and 12 digs; senior Grace Borges had six kills, two solo blocks, five block assists and 11 digs; senior Mikki Hill had two kills, one solo block, three block assists, six assists and 14 digs; and Hannah Hill had three kills and four block assists for the Lancers, who had one ace and committed five service errors.
"I like to be the leader on the floor as a setter," Moss said. "For me, I need to lead and motivate the girls to win. My role is to pick us up when we're down.
"This match and the Fremont match (a five-set road breakthrough on Oct. 8) are our two best matches of the year," she said. "I think we're peaking at the right time. We're each stepping up at this point of the season. Playing a match always helps in preparing for a match."
Layton swept Viewmont on Tuesday; the Knights' last match was Oct. 15.
"Our team is so close with good team unity, both on and off the court. We really come together on the court," Moss said. "We played smart and didn't want stupid mistakes. We were able to score because we were in the right position. Our blocking was good; we were on fire today.
"But it's a bittersweet day," she said. "I came up as a freshman, and Eliza and I have been playing together for a long time. I'm sad it's over, and we're each looking forward to the future."
The Knights' Rachel Parson had 10 kills and 10 digs; Kaitlin Verbitski had seven kills and nine digs; Alex Gardner had six kills, one block assist and four digs; Janessa Cannell had four kills and one block assist; Brittley Eldredge had four kills; setter Tabby Williams had 25 assists, three kills and five digs; libero Kelly Erwin had 20 digs; and Ashley Vernier had 11 digs and four aces for Northridge (20-8, 8-3), which had four aces and committed seven service errors.
* Syracuse def. Davis 25-22, 14-25, 25-22, 25-19: At Syracuse, the Titans' Marlee Adams had 12 kills, one solo block, four digs and one ace; Brinlee Hamblin had eight kills, one block assist, five digs and two aces; setter Chambray Taylor had 33 assists, one kill, a block assist and two digs; and libero Abbey Bowden had 12 digs, one kill and two aces for Syracuse (15-9-1, 4-7).
The Darts' MaryKate Buttars had 12 kills and 11 digs; Johanna Purdy had nine kills, four block assists and eight digs; Abbie Darling had five kills, four block assists, 10 digs and two aces; and setter Kendall Sargent had 16 assists, three kills, two block assists and 15 digs for Davis (9-18, 5-6).
* Fremont def. Viewmont 25-18, 25-12, 25-17: At Plain City, the Silver Wolves' Jessica Snarr had eight kills and three block assists; Whitney Wray had seven kills and two block assists; Brooke Lamb had seven kills, four digs and one ace; Jessica Quayle had six kills and two block assists; Amanda Wayment had five kills, two block assists, three digs and one ace; Shaydel Banfield had two kills and one ace; Mandi Lamb had two kills, three digs and one ace; setter McKenzie Burrows had 30 assists, four kills, one block assist, five digs and one ace; libero Megan Gallegos had 15 digs, three assists and one ace; and Chelsea Grange had six digs for Fremont (23-6, 10-1), which clinched no less than a tie for the league title with one match remaining versus Davis.
The Vikings' Amanda Varley had 11 kills, one solo block and 10 digs; Emily Madsen had five kills, one solo block, nine digs and two aces; setter Merri Luczak had 11 assists, seven digs and two aces; and libero Lauren Merrill had 27 digs for Viewmont (12-16, 1-11).
* Clearfield def. Kearns 24-26, 25-17, 25-14, 25-19: At Clearfield, the Falcons' Kennedy Elwell had 13 kills, nine digs and one ace; Lucy Evans had nine kills, four blocks, eight digs and three aces; and setter Taylor Spaulding had 38 assists, two kills, three blocks, 13 digs and four aces for Clearfield (18-11, 8-4).
* Bear River def. Stansbury 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19: At Garland, the Bears' Alyssa Park had 15 kills, nine digs, three aces and seven service points; Rachel Litchford had five kills and one solo block; Justyn Rose had three kills, three digs, one ace and eight service points; Taylie Bee had three kills and one solo block; Cierra Stokes had three kills; Fallon Peterson had two kills; setter Jenny Bitner had 31 assists, one solo block, four digs, one ace and 10 service points; libero Michelle Davis had 14 digs, one ace and eight service points; freshman Jessica Rose had five digs and eight service points; and freshman Abby Giles had three digs, one ace and seven service points for Bear River (6-14-4, 4-4), which won a coin toss with the Stallions for the league's No. 2 seed in the state 3-A tournament.
* Layton Christian def. Merit 25-7, 25-10, 25-17: At Layton Christian, the Eagles' Felicia Marshall had 12 kills, 16 digs and four aces; Vanessa Marshall had nine kills and seven digs; Jordan Czenkus had six kills and four aces; setter Brianne Nichols had 26 assists and five aces; and freshman Kylie Goodwin had five aces for Layton Christian (10-10, 7-3).
* St. Joseph def. West Ridge 25-1, 25-5, 25-7: At West Jordan, the Jayhawks' Britt Sederholm had six kills, one solo block, four digs and 17 aces; Jessica Bischoff had six kills, one solo block, two digs and three aces; Audra Thurston had five kills and two aces; setter Emily Jackson had 11 assists and one dig; setter Bailey Pacheco had four assists and seven aces; and libero Mady White had four digs and three aces for 1-A runner-up St. Joseph (25-3, 10-0).
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