Stansbury may not have advanced to the consolation bracket’s sixth-place game when they lost 3-1 to Pine View on Thursday morning, but there’s a lot more success to the season that is easily visible.
Stansbury went down 2-0 after a pair of lackluster 25-10 losses in the first two sets, only to come back and win the third 25-19 and force a little bit of extra volleyball with a 26-24 loss in the fourth.
The match was set up by a straight-sets win over Richfield in the consolation bracket after Stansbury was knocked out of the main tournament by Region 9 runner-up Dixie.
If there’s a fact or statistic to provide a silver lining to the mediocre tournament run, it’s the age of the Stansbury lineup.
The leading setter, Samie Bryant, is a sophomore. The two leading hitters, Cassidie Hoffmann and Sami Oblad, are juniors. The leading blocker, Sienna Riggle, is a junior. Among others, those four will make up an integral part of next year’s team that may have more success at the tournament.
Previously, the Panthers beat Logan in straight sets before facing Stansbury. Pine View went on and lost to Juab in four sets — 25-20, 25-15, 25-18, 25-23 — to claim eighth place in the tournament.
Region 10 teams had a combined record of 6-7 with the majority of those wins coming from Union and Park City — the former beating the latter in the third-place match after each lost in the semifinals. Tooele lost both its games while Stansbury went 1-2.
Region 11 champion Morgan was crowned Class 3A state champion after a 25-15, 28-26, 25-21 win over Region 9 champion Desert Hills in the final. Morgan only lost one set in the entire tournament, a 25-16 third set to Dixie in the quarterfinals.
Stansbury ended the year with an 8-17 overall record with a 3-5, third-place league mark in head coach Erika Smith’s debut season.