Tooele got all it could handle from Stansbury Thursday night, but it kept up its stellar 2013 campaign with a 3-1 win, 25-15, 19-25, 28-26, 25-12.
Stansbury came out ready to fight in the first set, and it opened with an 8-7 lead following a kill by Madie Alvey. Tooele’s Sydnee Simmons responded with back-to-back kills to bring the Buffaloes ahead 9-8, and Amber Haskell built a cushion with an ace for 10-8 lead.
The Lady Buffs built on that lead with an ace by Kassidie Russell, a kill by Taylor Thomas, and another kill by Simmons, eventually leading 21-14 after a Stansbury net violation. Shaundra Olson also got a kill in the first set en route to winning 25-15.
But the Stallions fought back. The Lady Buffs took a 2-0 lead in the second set, but then an out-of-bounds play and a kill by Stansbury’s Tiffany Robbins tied the set at 2. Stansbury took the lead when a hit by Thomas narrowly missed the line.
Tooele evened the set at 4, but Robbins’ block landed to give Stansbury the lead at 5-4. Robbins followed that block up with a kill. Tooele evened the score again, but Robbins again fired with a kill. The two teams went back and forth until Stansbury built a cushion with the score at 12-11. The Stallions scored five straight points until Russell ended the streak with a kill for Tooele. The Lady Buffs cut the deficit to 20-16, and Stansbury’s Camryn Anderson knocked a kill to go up 21-16. Tooele continued to inch closer until the score was at 24-19 in favor of the Stallions. The Stallions’ Julia Flint stuck her paws into the air for a block, and the ball landed back on Tooele’s side to give Stansbury the 25-19 win.
That set up the most exciting part of the evening: the third set.
Alvey gave Stansbury an early 2-0 lead with a soft tap for a kill and then a serve that eventually landed for a point. Robbins smacked a kill for a 3-1 lead before Thomas scored for Tooele, and a Stansbury hit went out-of-bounds. Bailey Wilson then got involved in the scoring with a kill of her own to put the Stallions back on top 4-3. Back and forth the two teams went until the set was knotted at 20. Wilson smacked down with a kill for a 21-20 lead, but it was followed by Tooele’s Annie Dalton, who scored a kill of her own to even the score at 21. Dalton followed that up with a kill that grazed the line to give Tooele a lead.
The Lady Buffs got their first advantage when a Stansbury hit went out-of-bounds to give Tooele a 23-21 lead. Another Stansbury hit went out-of-bounds on the next play to put the Lady Buffs in position to win the set at 24-21. Then, Olson served the ball into the net, and Haskell also had a hit go into the net, before Wilson wound up and spiked down for a kill in the left corner to even the score at 24.
Dalton scored to put the Lady Buffs back ahead 25-24, but hit a ball into the net to even the score at 25. Thomas bounced back with a block on Stansbury’s Anderson to go ahead 26-25, and Anderson followed that with a block of her own against Simmons to even the score again.
Tooele won the set after Alvey hit the ball out and then missed a hit for the necessary two points the Lady Buffs needed.
Things were not as close in the fourth set, as the Lady Buffs finished the victory. Stansbury kept the score even at 6-6 before Tooele finally blasted ahead. Robbins scored Stansbury’s final point to cut Tooele’s lead to 19-12, and then the Lady Buffs rolled off six straight points.
Simmons had a kill that hit the line, Haskell tallied an ace, Russell killed, Haskell tallied another ace, and Olson had the game’s final kill at 24-12. Stansbury then hit the ball out-of-bounds for the final score of 25-12.
Stansbury fell to 0-2 in the region with losses to both Grantsville and Tooele. The Stallions faced Ben Lomond Tuesday, and then they face Bear River Thursday. The Stallions are currently tied with Ben Lomond for the final region playoff spot.
The Lady Buffs played this volleyball match without one of its big hitters in Brin Stewart, who is still sitting with an injury. Despite that, the Lady Buffs continue to roll.
Tooele extended its record to 3-0 and then played a game at Grantsville Tuesday. Those two teams are in a battle for first place in the region, and the results of that game will be in Thursday’s Transcript-Bulletin. The Lady Buffs then get the week off before hosting Ben Lomond Oct. 8.