MORGAN -- It looks like the Morgan Trojans are exactly where they want to be at this point of the season.
Last week, the team traveled to California for the Beach City Invitational and went 4-2 against some big time talent. This week, they're back in Utah and pounding Region 11 opponents, including a 3-0 sweep against Grantsville on Thursday night.
Thanks in part to their annual trip, the Trojans are now more cohesive, they're playing better defense and they're hitting the ball extremely well. In other words, too bad for the rest of 3-A.
"(The trip) brought us together and we saw some great players down there and Morgan was right in there with all of them," Trojans' coach Liz Wiscombe said. "We played really, really well.
"A lot of schools down there feel that if you go to that tournament or the Dave Mohs Tournament and you win a game or two, then your season's been a success. And we won four, so we feel good about it."
Against the Cowboys, Bailey Farris led the way with 18 kills and a pair of digs, while Ashley Garfield added 12 kills, 14 service points and four digs. Jaecee Dye had 11 service points, including two aces, and collected three digs. Setter Ashlee Gallen recorded 34 set assists and was very impressive defensively as the Trojans knocked off Grantsville 25-10, 25-14, 25-10.
"I thought we played well tonight," Wiscombe said. "The kids played with intensity and brought their 'A' game."
With the exception of the early part of Game 2 when Grantsville tied the score at 8-8 after trailing 7-2, Morgan never allowed the Cowboys to hang around. Dominating is important to the Trojans as they inch closer to the state tournament.
"That's the idea this time of year," Wiscombe said. "October's the time to get after it."
* BEAR RIVER DEF. BEN LOMOND 25-18, 25-15, 25-18: At Ben Lomond High, the Bears' Kristin Walker had seven kills and three solo blocks; Kelli Smart had five kills, five digs, two aces and seven service points; Morgan Summers had five kills, nine aces and 18 service points; Tawnya Anderson had four kills and three solo blocks; setter Shaunie Owen had 20 assists and two digs; and Aubryelle Rhodes had five aces and 12 service points for Bear River.
The Scots' Lindsey James had seven kills, two digs and seven service points; Teja Mangum had five kills, two solo blocks, four digs, one ace and two service points; Taylor Hughes had three kills, three solo blocks, two block assists, seven digs and five service points; and setter McKenzey Bingham had 17 assists, two digs and three service points for Ben Lomond.
In the other league match, Juan Diego and Judge Memorial played late.