Over the years, the Tooele volleyball team has had a tough time with its neighbors to the north at Stansbury.
Before this season, the Stallions had beaten the Buffaloes eight straight times — a streak that dated back to the 2016 season. They held an 18-6 edge in the all-time series dating back to 2009, and Tooele hadn’t won the season series since 2014 — incidentally, the last time the Buffs won in Stansbury Park.
Tooele broke its overall drought against the Stallions with a 3-1 win on Sept. 1 in Tooele, and clinched the season series for the first time in six years Thursday night by toppling Stansbury 25-15, 25-9, 25-13 in a Region 10 match at Stansbury High School. The Buffaloes (13-2, 6-1 Region 10) currently sit in second place in the region standings, with their lone blemish in region play coming on the road against Class 4A No. 1-ranked Uintah.
The rebuilding Stallions (1-15, 0-6) were no match for the Buffs, currently ranked No. 4 in Class 4A. Brinley Smith had 15 kills on 21 attempts for Tooele, and Emma Higley added eight kills, four aces and 12 digs. Aysha Lewis had a team-high four blocks to go with her four kills. Tooele had 33 total kills on 70 attempts, good for a 47.1% kill rate and a .400 hitting percentage. The Buffs also made very few mistakes in the serving game, with 89% of their serves finding the target.
Amy DeSantiago had eight digs and three assists for the Buffs and Breanna Beer added 26 assists and seven digs.
Individual statistics for the Stallions were not available at press time.
Tooele played host to Ogden in a Region 10 match that was not complete at press time Tuesday, while the Stallions were in Draper to face Juan Diego. Stansbury will be on the road again to face Ben Lomond on Wednesday and Cedar Valley on Monday, with another road game Oct. 6 at Ogden. The Stallions’ next home game will be Oct. 8 at 4:45 p.m. against Ben Lomond.
Tooele’s upcoming schedule includes road games at Cedar Valley (Thursday) and Juan Diego (Oct. 6), before a crucial home game against Uintah at 6 p.m. Oct. 8.