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Prep volleyball playoffs: Morgan, Ogden, St. Joseph, Layton Christian earn 1st-round byes

By Patrick Carr - | Oct 20, 2021

MATT HERP, Standard-Examiner

Members of the Morgan volleyball team celebrate after defeating San Juan winning the UHSAA 3A state volleyball championship Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at UCCU Center in Orem.

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.

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