The first round of the Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament wasn’t kind to Tooele County schools. Both Tooele and Stansbury lost to the first- and second-place Region 9 teams, winning only one set between them.
But Stansbury bounced back to beat Canyon View in straight sets and keep its sixth-place hopes alive.
Dixie 3, Stansbury 1
Stansbury managed to get a winning set out of the 25-17, 20-25, 25-21, 25-9 loss. Head coach Erika Smith said momentum played a big role in the match.
“That’s the weird thing about volleyball,” she said. “I think [Dixie] ran off several points in a row and our girls stopped being confident.”
Stansbury led by as much as five in the second set, jumping out to a 13-7 lead behind hits on both sides from junior outside hitters Cassidie Hoffmann and Sami Oblad.
Dixie came back with a tip into open space by junior setter Brooklyn White and a big block by junior middle Brynn Eardley to tie the set at 13-apiece.
Stansbury junior middle blocker Sienna Riggle came up with a tip from outside that found the floor to make it 22-18, and Hoffmann earned a block and a kill to help Stansbury get to set point. A Dixie unforced error ended the set at 25-20.
Stansbury lost a close third set 25-21, and the wheels fell off the wagon in a 25-9 fourth set as it became apparent the Stallions would no longer compete in the winner’s bracket.
“I think we got in our own heads,” Smith said. “We started played like we were nervous and cautious.”
Hoffmann led with 12 kills while Oblad added 10. Junior setter Hanna Karren had four aces in the match.
Canyon View 0
Stansbury rebounded from its first-round loss and defeated Canyon View in straight sets, 25-23, 25-12, 25-21.
The Stallions had served their way out of the game early, committing four service errors and giving up a 16-12 lead. But they came back to win the first set, then the second set by a wide margin, and had big leads in the third and hung on long enough to win.
Hoffmann had 12 kills and 10 digs, freshman Mckenzie Brady had 11 kills against one error on 27 swings for a .370 hitting percentage to go along with 10 digs and four aces, Riggle had four aces and 10 digs. Oblad had 10 digs.
Stansbury advanced to face Pine View on Thursday at 11 a.m. after the Panthers ousted Logan from the consolation bracket. Whichever team wins in the Pine View vs. Stansbury matchup will play the winner of the Richfield vs. Juab match for sixth place at 2:30 p.m.
Desert Hills 3, Tooele 0
Tooele head coach Kristi Brown said her team was a little bit intimidated by the height and power of Desert Hills’ hitters in the 25-10, 25-16, 25-21 loss to the Region 9 champions.
“This is where the first time in the state tournament comes in,” she said. “We definitely haven’t seen hitters like that all year.”
The Buffaloes jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the second set, thanks in part to a block by junior middle blocker Brooklyn Lewis. But Desert Hills evened it up at 5-5, and the two teams played evenly until another tie at 10-10.
The Thunder promptly went on a 9-0 run to take sole possession of the set’s momentum, eventually winning by nine when senior middle Jessica Harris blocked a hit to make it 25-16.
The scoreboard gave Tooele some favorable digits late in the third set when Desert Hills substituted most of its second-string players with an 11-point lead, and the Tooele starters cut it down to a 23-21 deficit with a pair of blocks and an ace by Tooele sophomore setter Sadee Simmons.
“We never stopped competing,” Brown said. “Now we know we can compete well with a team that can go into the final game.”
Senior outside hitter Raegen Root led the team with five kills, junior libero Peyton Cluff had six digs, Lewis had five blocks and junior middle blocker Blake Hervat had three aces.
Richfield 3, Tooele 2
Tooele didn’t hold on to a 2-0 lead in the first game of the consolation bracket against Richfield, losing 25-27, 22-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-10.
Simmons tipped a ball over the net to win the first set 27-25 over the Region 12 No. 3 seed.
Root led the way with 16 kills while senior hitter Rayah Nielson had nine to go along with her five digs and three aces. Lewis had six blocks while Simmons had 25 assists, five kills, 11 digs and four aces. Kati Shields and Peyton Cluff combined for another 21 digs.