Seniors Kylee Broadhead and Danya Craner put an exclamation point on their Grantsville High careers at home as they helped lead the Cowboys to a 3-0 sweep over the visiting Scots, 25-9, 25-9, 25-15. Broadhead finished the game with 13 emphatic kills, and Craner served flawlessly with four aces as she achieved a perfect 100% serving percentage for the night (13/13 serves). Before the game Craner and Broadhead were honored in a special Senior Tribute to them and their families.
Coach Kelbey Fisher commented, “We had a special night honoring our two seniors, Kylee Broadhead and Danya Craner. They are my first seniors where I’ve been the coach all four years. They have improved so much since they started. They’ve developed their fundamentals strong and gained confidence in themselves. They’ve been good models for leadership, especially teaching their teammates about roles and always doing their best. It was a good win to get on their home court for the final time. I am so proud of them, they both are going to have a great future. Sports can teach a lot of lessons about life IF you allow yourself to learn, which takes humility and selflessness. Danya and Craner are great examples and did well putting the team first.”
In the opening game, sophomore Aliyah Fernandez opened the game with a big kill as junior Kaitlyn Nordgren served the Cowboys to a 7-0 lead. Nordgren, who had seven aces on the evening and served a perfect 20/20 balls, also tallied 21 assists for the match. The Cowboys, behind Broadhead and junior Emily Ware’s kills and consistent serving by the entire team, continued to extend their lead and took the first set 25-9. On the night, freshmen Avery Allred and Brooklyn Berrett followed Nordgren’s example and tallied great numbers on their serves. Allred went 12/14 and aced the serve four times while Berrett hit 11/12 serves with three aces.
Throughout the second set, Grantsville’s hitters continued to pound the ball down as the lead grew from whistle to whistle. Broadhead added four more kills, freshman Ranae Rounds added a kill and a slide for a kill, Fernandez added two more kills, and junior Brylee Castagno joined the hit crew and pounded down a few of her own to keep the Cowboys ahead. Nordgren and Craner both served several points in a row, as Allred led the serve receiving and digs for the match with 9/9 passes to setter on serve receive and 12 digs. Grantsville finished out the game with a strategic tip by Ware to match their first game score 25-9.
In the third set, the Scots turned up the pressure and took an early 1-3 lead and then expanded it to 3-6 before Broadhead slammed a kill to bring the score to 4-6. Allred served an ace to tie the score at 6-6 and another kill by Broadhead brought the score to 7-8. A block/overkill by RaNae Rounds tied the score at 8-8 and an ace by Craner gave the Cowboys the lead, 9-8, for the remainder of the game. The Scots stayed close until 15-13 when Grantsville went on run to take a 24-9 lead. Just before the final point, Craner, a backrow specialist, was substituted back into the game on the front row, to be on the court with Broadhead for the last point of their last home match as a Cowboys. Broadhead got the set on match point and drove home her fourth kill of the set and thirteenth on the night, to seal the match 25-15.
Kill totals behind Broadhead’s game high 13 were Ware-five; Rounds-four; and Castagno and Fernandez-three.
Coach Fisher noted, “Everyone contributed well to the game. Kylee led in kills and Kaitlyn led in aces for the team.They gelled really well together in the first two sets. They got a little too comfortable in the third set but stepped it up without having to take a timeout. They’re really playing well right now and being accountable for their jobs in the game, while supporting others. I’m excited to see how they do on Saturday, but we will continue to work and prepare one day at a time. It’s going to be a battle and the girls are definitely motivated.”
The Cowboys finished the season with an 8-19 record ranked 19th in 3A and will travel to No. 14 Richfield on Saturday, October 23 to play Richfield for the right to advance to the state tournament in Orem on October 27-28. Emery finished the season ranked first followed by Morgan, Carbon, Union, South Summit, North Sanpete and Layton Christian Academy.