Stansbury entered the tournament as a No. 9 seed and played No. 8 Cedar in the opening match. Cedar downed the Stallions 25-14, 25-14, 25-10. As the 8-seed, Cedar went on to take the eventual champion, Orem, to five games in the quarterfinals, and placed fifth overall.
“Cedar is a good team,” Stansbury Coach Bailey Moss said. “The state tournament is a very hard place to play as it is abnormally loud, there is a lot of pressure, and emotions can get very high.
“The girls did a good job on keeping their composure and had a lot of really good moments where they showed just how good they can be.”
After dropping into the consolation bracket, the Stallions played No. 16 Dixie, who bounced Tooele out of the tournament the week before. The Flyers opened with two wins 25-22, 25-19 before Stansbury took back the third set, 25-19. Unfortunately, Dixie won the fourth, 25-17, and ended the Stallions run at the tournament.
Coach Moss noted that the team was a little shaken during the Dixie game, which played a role in the loss.
“The girls were in their heads during the Dixie game and let their youth show a bit,” Moss said. “I played our regular lineup and tried to make adjustments as needed.”
Although their season didn’t end as they would have liked, Coach Moss is very excited about the future of the Stallions, who finished second in Region 10 this season.
“I am very impressed with our team this year,” Moss said. “They made a goal to get to the state tournament and did it very well.
“We have a lot of youth on our team, and most of our players are coming back, so I am very excited to see what they will do next year. It is the last year before the split [opening of Deseret Peak High School]. and they are ready to work hard and have a great season.”