As the 2022 high school volleyball season gets underway for area schools, each of three teams face new challenges as they move on from their varying performances last year.
Buffaloes moving forward after departure of several seniors
The Tooele High School Buffaloes volleyball team will look to improve on a 12-14 season last year and must do so without six seniors from the team that finished fifth in the 5A Region 7. Non-region play starts this Thursday, as the team hosts Grantsville Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Stallions look to provide youth-laden 2021 team experience in 2022
Stansbury High School volleyball coach Bailey Moss has high hopes for her team this year, as they look to use last year’s 11-12 record as a stepping stone moving forward. With last season’s squad featuring only two seniors, Moss called 2021 a “building season.”
“We had such a young team last season and so I’m excited to see what comes out of this year,” Moss said. “They started to learn how to play together and this year that’s what we’re really going to be focusing on is playing as a team.”
Moss says the team’s motto this season is “Stick Together.” Keeping with the team-first mentality, she takes pride in the fact that every player can come together and put individual milestones on the backburner.
“They are very competitive players, and they just want to win as much as possible,” Moss said. “There’s everything they bring to the table, individually, but they’re stronger when they’re doing all those things together.”
Fans can expect the Stallions to be feisty and fun to watch, according to Moss, and their collective drive should keep the team in every game.
“They play with a lot of heart,” Moss said. “I know they would love to make it to the state tournament and take the region title.”
Stansbury opens its non-region on Tuesday when they host Farmington at 6 p.m.
Cowboys confident in bouncing back from disappointing 2021 season
Last year proved challenging for Grantsville High School’s volleyball team, as a young roster and change in region created obstacles all season.
“Last year was (about) experience for us,” Fisher said. “We were very young last year and were put into a new region with Ogden and Layton Christian Academy; they are definitely tougher teams than we’ve faced in our (previous) region.”
Despite only featuring three seniors in 2022, head coach Kelbey Fisher is faithful that his team that went 8-20 last season has the potential to go the distance. With the new opponents last year providing them new challenges, Fisher’s team gained insight previously non-existent.
“They have knowledge we haven’t had before at Grantsville to help build the program,” Fisher said. “I believe this team can go in and get that top eight placement.”
Regardless of the team’s performance this year, Fisher wants his players to learn lessons they can apply to their everyday lives.
“My philosophy is that life isn’t about sports; but sports is about life,” he said. “They’ll have valuable lesions that they’re going to remember that will improve and impact the rest of their lives.”
Grantsville opened its non-region play on Aug. 11 with a win over Juan Diego Catholic and will visit Providence Hall on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.