The Cowboys opened their 2021 Region 13 campaign with two losses to tough teams. Grantsville fell to Ogden, 25-23, 25-21, 25-20 on Tuesday on the road and to Morgan,11-25, 18-25, and 13-25, on Thursday at home. They play at home today against South Summit and travel to Layton Christian Academy on Thursday.
In the match against Ogden, Grantsville played the Tigers closely in each of the games, but they were unable to find an answer to Odgen’s Rees Bockwoldt’s 22 kills as they fell in their Region 13 opener. Junior Emily Ware led Grantsville with nine kills followed by fellow junior Brylee Castagno with seven. Freshman Ranae Rounds added five and senior Kylee Broadhead pounded down four. Ware tallied five blocks while junior Kaitlyn Nordgren added three and Broadhead two. Freshman Avery Allred scooped up 18 digs and Nordgren accounted for 16 assists and freshman Eliza Smith added four. On serve receive, Allred handled 29 balls with Broadhead taking 18, Berrett five and senior Danya Cramer four.
On Thursday, the Cowboys opened slowly against Morgan but gained momentum and confidence in the second game before falling in the third set to lose the match 3-0.
In the opening set, Grantsville fell behind early 3-8 as they adjusted to the Trojans’ tall attackers and blockers out of the middle. Morgan expanded the lead to 6-16 before the Cowboys cut it to eight at 9-17 with a kill and two aces by Broadhead. The Trojans’ middle attack and some well-placed tips expanded the Morgan lead as they took the first set 25-11.
In the second game, Grantsville opened with a strong block and serves to jump out to a 3-0 lead before serving aces by Morgan tied the score and gave the Trojans a 3-4 lead. Then, the Cowboys responded with a stuff block on the Trojans’ big hitter and leveled the score at 4-4. A series of Morgan hits off the Grantsville block turned the score in the Trojans’ favor again, but the Cowboys didn’t back down as they continued to improve and set their blocks and hit their serves. They rallied back from down 4-8 to tie the score at 10-10.
The teams volleyed back and forth as the Cowboys played some of their best volleyball of the season, matching Morgan hit-for-hit and block-for-block. Behind the strong serving of Berrett, Grantsville took a 17-16 lead. The Trojans reclaimed the lead on a dump set and kill out of the middle as they went on to score nine points to the Cowboys’ one and claimed set two 25-18.
In game three, Morgan took the momentum from the end of the second game and steadily led throughout the match. An ace by Berrett leveled the score at 2-2, but the Cowboys were unable to take the lead the remainder of the game and lost 13-25.
Stats from the Morgan match register Ware as the top hitter with five kills and Broadhead following with four and Castagno tallying two. Berrett and Nordgren both recorded three aces on the night while Broadhead added two. Ware served nine balls with no errors and recorded three blocks. Rounds and sophomore Aliyah Fernandez each had two blocks with Broadhead, Castagno, and Nordgren adding one each. Berrett led with six digs while Allred added four and Broadhead three. Smith put up four assists and Nordgren three while Allred, Berrett, Broadhead and sophomore Ava Kelley managed the serve receive duties recording 16, 10, 9 and 9, respectively.