Wolves make quick work of Darts

Oct 31 2013 - 5:27pm

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KAYSVILLE -- The Silver Wolves did not want to share the league title.

"It was a big match coming in. We knew Davis is a well put-together team and was the three-time defending league champion," said Fremont senior libero Megan Gallegos. "We knew it wasn't going to be a cakewalk coming in.

"I like our rivalry with Davis; they played a heck of a match," she said. "It's been a stressful couple of weeks. We've had a lot of practice time and not many matches. We knew we had to come out strong today."

With a sweep of the Darts -- 25-15, 25-9, 25-22 -- in 1 hour and 7 minutes Wednesday, Fremont wrapped up the Region 1 volleyball title for the first time since a 2006 league co-championship with Northridge.

"It has sunk it and then it hasn't; it's a good feeling," Gallegos said. "The whole team stepped up and played their positions very well. We didn't want our title to come down to a coin toss, and we knew we weren't going to walk all over Davis."

A setback to the Darts, coupled with a Layton victory over the Warriors, would have resulted in a Region 1 co-championship for Fremont and the Lancers.

Layton was the lone team to defeat the Silver Wolves in 2013 league play.

"We set goals at the beginning of the year and we wanted to work hard to achieve them," said the 17-year-old Gallegos. "It was a goal to win region. It feels good to win it by ourselves.

"After the Layton match (a five-set loss Oct. 8 at Plain City), we had a little hiccup," she said. "We rebounded against Viewmont (a three-set, home-court win Oct. 24), and then we knew Davis would be an even bigger match."

Gallegos had 24 digs and two aces. The Silver Wolves' Brooke Lamb had 16 kills, two block assists and eight digs; Whitney Wray had 12 kills, one block assist and 12 digs; Amanda Wayment had seven kills; Jessica Snarr had six kills and four block assists; Jessica Quayle had five kills, two solo blocks, one block assist and four digs; Mandi Lamb had two kills; setter McKenzie Burrows had 39 assists, two kills, five digs and two aces; and Chelsea Grange had one dig and an ace for Fremont, which had eight aces and committed three service errors.

"We hope to continue this momentum into the state 5-A tournament," Gallegos said. "We still have a lot to work on, and our coach will make adjustments and get us where we need to be.

"There are a lot of great teams at state this year, and I have faith in my team to go down there and do some work if we play our brand of volleyball. It won't be easy, and we'll be ready," she said. "Our communication was a lot better than usual today. Our passers stepped up and our blocking was on. Our hitting was great and our sets were where they needed to be."

After a set 2 romp -- the Silver Wolves led 16-0 at one point behind Burrows' serving -- Fremont rallied from 17-11 and 20-16 set 3 deficits.

"Davis came out in set 3 and was putting balls down. We knew we had to step up or we were going to lose the set," Gallegos said. "Once again, the team effort came into play.

"We have all played together for quite a while and the core group we have -- the starters -- helps a lot," she said. "We have amazing coaches, too."

The Darts' Abbie Darling had eight kills, seven digs and one ace; Johanna Purdy had eight kills and five digs; setter Kendall Sargent had 10 assists, four kills, one solo block, six digs and one ace; setter Kenzie Nicol had 10 assists and eight digs; libero Breezy Roth had 13 digs; and libero Makenzie Coy had nine digs for Davis, which had two aces and committed three service errors.

* layton def. weber 25-19, 25-13, 25-22: At Pleasant View, the Lancers' Eliza Katoa had 16 kills, one solo block, five digs and two aces; Rylee Cate had eight kills, one dig and two aces; and setter Mckell Moss had 28 assists, three block assists, 10 digs and three aces for Layton.

The Warriors' Hadley Handsaker had six kills and three aces; Mikala Lockwood had five kills; setter Ashlyn Capener had 10 assists and three digs; libero Ellie Zurbuchen had 10 digs; Whitney Weaver had four aces; and Sarah Harris had three aces for Weber.

* northridge def. syracuse 25-23, 25-22, 25-20: At Northridge High, the Knights' Rachel Parson had 13 kills, one block assist and eight digs; Brittley Eldredge had eight kills, two block assists and three digs; Kaitlin Verbitski had 12 kills, one block assist and eight digs; Janessa Cannell had five kills, one block assist and two digs; Alex Gardner had four kills, two block assists and one dig; setter Tabby Williams had 33 assists, three kills, one solo block, four digs and one ace; libero Kelly Erwin had 24 digs and one ace; and Ashley Vernier had eight digs and three aces for Northridge.

Contact reporter Dennis Larsen at 801-625-4264, dlarsen@standard.net.

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