The final four preseason volleyball games will not be easy for the Buffaloes.
Tooele hosts Carbon tonight, plays at Payson on Tuesday, hosts 5A Copper Hills on Sept. 11 and hosts 5A Hillcrest on Sept. 16. The Buffaloes open region play at home against Ben Lomond on Sept. 18.
“We purposely wanted to schedule some 5A schools who would give us some tough competition before region and state rolls around,” said THS coach Kristi Brown. “These 5A teams have tall, athletic girls and it’s good practice for us.”
Tooele opened its home volleyball season on Wednesday night against 5A Alta. The Hawks swept the match 25–15, 25–16 25–18.
Tooele trailed 10–12 midway through the first set, before Alta started to dominate. The Buffaloes stayed with the Hawks again in the second set. They trailed only 11–14 when the Hawks pulled away.
It appeared that Tooele had thrown in the towel to start the third set when it fell behind 0–12. But the Buffaloes turned it on with an ace from Daisy Brown, two kills by Brin Stewart, ace by Ketrah Dekanich, kill by Taylor Thomas and blocks from Thomas and Brown.
Thomas served two more aces, and Tooele cut the lead to 18–21. In the end, the third set was the closest margin in the match.