Wolves top Lancers to take third in state 5-A volleyball

Nov 10 2013 - 12:05am

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OREM -- A one-day respite is not much of a break, but that is exactly how long McKenzie Burrows has between the volleyball and girls basketball seasons.

"I can't chose between the two sports. I love them both and always have," said Burrows, a Fremont senior setter.

One day removed from her 18th birthday, Burrows had a bittersweet victory celebration Saturday after the Silver Wolves' third-place finish at the state 5-A volleyball tournament held at Utah Valley University.

Defending 5-A champion Pleasant Grove derailed Fremont in a three-setter during the first semifinal -- the Region 1 champion Silver Wolves were making their first final four appearance since 2006 -- while league runner-up Layton High was also swept by undefeated Region 3 champion Bingham in the day's second semifinal.

"It was tough on us. We wanted to come back with a win in our final match, and it was hard after that loss," Burrows said.

Fremont swept the Lancers 25-22, 25-15, 25-22 for the second time in three season meetings. Saturday's season finale took 1 hour and 7 minutes in the Utah Community Credit Union Center.

"I don't think there is an advantage to either team when you play each other for the third time," Burrows said. "We know how each other plays. Both teams will play as hard as they can. It's a good feeling to sweep a team."

Layton, making its first state 5-A semifinal-round appearance since 2004, was the only team to defeat the Silver Wolves in league play with a five-set road breakthrough Oct. 8 at Plain City.

"Taking third is not what we wanted," Burrows said. "It was the best we could finish, and we did really well to get that."

Burrows, a two-year starter, had 36 assists, two kills, two solo blocks, two block assists, eight digs and three aces.

The Silver Wolves' Brooke Lamb had 15 kills, including the match-winner, and five digs; Whitney Wray had nine kills, one block assist, nine digs and two aces; Jessica Quayle had eight kills, two block assists, six digs and one ace; Amanda Wayment had seven kills and three block assists; Jessica Snarr had three kills, one solo block and two block assists; and libero Megan Gallegos had 15 digs and four aces for Fremont (27-7 overall), which had 10 aces and committed six service errors.

"We didn't play our best match against (Region 4 champion) Pleasant Grove -- we felt like we were good enough to win -- but at that moment, they were the better team," Burrows said. "We played hard and we still had a good season. We don't regret anything.

"Our mindset could have been better versus Pleasant Grove. We needed to come out stronger than we did," she said.

The Lancers (23-9) led 16-13 and 17-15 in set 3, but couldn't take Fremont to a fourth set.

"I'm sad it's over; volleyball has been fun," Burrows said. "This team accomplished some great things. I'll remember how close we were and the trust we had in each other."

Layton's Eliza Katoa, a Utah commit, was the state's only player named to the 2013 American Volleyball Coaches Association's eighth annual Under Armour Girls High School All-America Teams as an honorable mention selection.

* Northridge def. Riverton 25-19, 25-22, 26-24: The Knights' Kaitlin Verbitski had 12 kills, two block assists, eight digs and two aces; Rachel Parson had nine kills, 10 digs and one ace; Alex Gardner had four kills, two block assists and three aces; Janessa Cannell had three kills, two block assists and four digs; Brittley Eldredge had one kill and a block assist; setter Tabby Williams had 24 assists, one block assist and four digs; libero Kelly Erwin had 14 digs; and Ashley Vernier had nine digs and two aces for Northridge, which had eight aces and committed five service errors.

* Lone Peak def. Davis 28-26, 22-25, 23-25, 25-10, 15-13: The Darts' Johanna Purdy had 20 kills and 24 digs; Abbie Darling had 12 kills, two solo blocks, 14 digs and one ace; setter Kenzie Nicol had 26 assists, nine kills, three solo blocks, eight digs and four aces; setter Kendall Sargent had 20 assists, eight kills, one solo block and seven digs; and libero Makenzie Coy had 28 digs for Davis (10-21), which had five aces and committed nine service errors.

* Pleasant Grove def. Fremont 25-23, 25-21, 25-22: Wray had 11 kills, four assists and five digs; Lamb had six kills and four digs; Wayment had six kills and two block assists; Snarr had five kills and four block assists; Quayle had four kills, four block assists and 10 digs; Burrows had 26 assists, three kills and two block assists; and Gallegos had 13 digs and one ace for the Silver Wolves, who had only one ace and committed nine service errors in a 1 hour and 9-minute match.

* Bingham def. Layton 25-20, 25-18, 25-17: Katoa had 23 kills and six digs; Rylee Cate had eight kills and eight digs; and setter Mckell Moss had 36 assists and six digs for Layton, which had two aces and committed three service errors in a 1 hour and 14-minute match.

* Lone Peak def. Northridge 25-14, 14-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-10: The northern Knights' Verbitski had 15 kills, 12 digs and one ace; Cannell had 10 kills, one solo block, two block assists and four digs; Eldredge had six kills, one solo block and five block assists; Gardner had six kills and six block assists; Parson had five kills, one block assist, 16 digs and one ace; Williams had 36 assists, two block assists, nine digs and five aces; Erwin had one kill and 21 digs; and Vernier had 11 digs and two aces for Northridge (23-10), which had 10 aces and committed seven service errors in a 1 hour and 45-minute match for sixth and eighth place.

4-A championship

Timpview swept defending state 4-A champion Sky View 25-22, 25-13, 25-16 for its second 4-A title in three years.

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

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