Prep volleyball playoffs: Morgan, Ogden, St. Joseph, Layton Christian earn 1st-round byes
Morgan High just wrapped up a regular season where it won a volleyball region title for the 29th consecutive season, a streak that started in 1993.
For that, and a 21-6 overall record that includes six wins against higher-classification teams, the Trojans earned the No. 2 seed in next week’s 3A state playoffs.
They’ll get a first-round bye and take the court Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Utah Valley University against the Grand/Summit Academy winner.
Morgan is aiming for its first state title since 2018 when the Trojans completed a rare four-peat of titles (2015-18). Since then, Union High has beaten the Trojans in consecutive title games in 2019 and 2020.
Union is the No. 4 seed in the tournament, so any Morgan-Union rematch wouldn’t happen until the championship game.
Union went 15-10 this year, but loaded its schedule with some of the best 6A and 5A schools, including Syracuse (they went 0-2 vs. SHS) and Fremont, which they beat in five sets in a tournament.
Morgan’s possible path to the title game includes a potential semifinal against No. 3 Carbon and a potential quarterfinal against No. 7 Layton Christian, a Region 13 foe the Trojans swept this year, but had to go five sets to beat the Eagles in one of the matchups.
LCA gets a first-round bye and meets No. 10 Delta at UVU in Wednesday’s second round.
Ogden is the No. 8 seed in the 3A state tournament, also receiving a first-round bye. The Tigers face No. 9 Juab on Wednesday. The winner gets No. 1 Emery.
Ben Lomond (0-14) got the No. 20 seed and visits No. 13 Juan Diego in a first-round match Saturday, Oct. 23.
In 2A, back-to-back region champion St. Joseph (23-5) is the No. 3 seed and will get a first-round bye. The Jayhawks meet the Freedom Prep/Parowan winner at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at UVU.
SJC lost to Layton Christian in a home playoff game last year, falling one match short of advancing to the main state tournament site in Richfield. The Jayhawks could meet No. 6 Enterprise (16-11), which won the title in 2019, in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Kanab in the semis if they get that far.
Utah Military Academy (0-12) is the No. 24 seed and visits No. 9 Rowland Hall this Saturday in the first round.
Overall, the 2A tournament appears more wide-open than in prior years, owing to a down year from North Summit, the tournament’s No. 4 seed which has won four of the last five state titles in 2A (2016-18, 2020).
In the 4A tournament bracket, Bear River is the No. 11 seed and faces No. 6 Pine View in the first round, also at UVU.
Full tournament brackets can be found online at uhsaa.org/tournaments.