Valley volleyball teams sweep their Region 5 competition

<strong>BRIGHAM CITY—</strong> The Sky View volleyball team stretched its win streak to 11 games, including five 3-0 victories in a row, as the Bobcats defeated the Box Elder Bees Tuesday, 3-0.

Despite the domination, the Bobcats were chasing Box Elder for most of the first game as they fell behind 14-10, forcing Sky View head coach Malayna Knowles to call a timeout and settle her girls down.

“I didn’t tell them anything they don’t already know,” Knowles said. “Sometimes you just need a mental breather or a mental break because they knew that we needed to pass and serve better. We had to be able to run offense and quit making mistakes if we were going to win the game. So we just needed to clean it up there were just a few little things like taking a step back and seeing the ball early.”

After the timeout Sky View’s Mandi Nield responded well and went on a serving tear to help the Bobcats take the lead. Sky View was also able to force the Bees to make a lot of errors to close out the first game with a 5-0 run to win 19-25.

Things were just as close in the second game with both teams battling back and forth before Sky View’s Tara Goldman put down two big kills in a row to take the lead 15-13. Followed by another big spike by Taylor Duryea the momentum was in the Bobcats favor.

“Well first thing coming in, we knew all week we had to practice our hardest because Box Elder is always our toughest rival,” Duryea said. “They bring a close game and we’d knew they’d come to win especially on their court so we had to bring our best game.”

Box Elder fought back hard trying to not let Sky View take a 2-0 lead, but the Bees couldn’t put together a run long enough to pull off the win. Sky View won the second game 25-21.

The Bees never gave up and came out to a quick lead in the third game 7-3. As Sky View fell behind the momentum shifted towards Box Elder forcing Knowles to call another timeout. Coming out newly focused the Sky View girls responded and came back to take the lead 15-13, thanks to four straight points by Duryea.

“These girls are so competitive,” Knowles said. “They have a vision of where they want to be and what they want to accomplish. Each game we play and each play we make we’re getting better. They’ve done a good job of maintaining their focus and getting things done.”

“We played really well as a team,” Duryea said. “And we just knew what we had to do to win. Before every game we set goals that we want to work on and when we get down we always remember our goals and I think that helps us a lot. We just need to keep setting goals and work to accomplish them and we’ll play our best game.”

Although Box Elder put up a good fight for three closely matched games, in the end it was Sky View who put it away winning the third set 25-20 to compete the sweep.

“We are more than happy to walk out of here with that win,” Knowles said. “Especially to be able to win it in three. It’s a great win because Box Elder is a great team. We’re lucky enough to have two really good players on the outside Maddie Day and Taylor Duryea. Both of them do such a good job swinging away on the outside. Even if it’s a bad pass, someone from the back row will take a stab at it. It’s nice to have both of those girls, then you add in Sierra Smith who’s really long in the middle and Tara Goldman, who can jump and pound it. It’s just nice to know we have a lot of options.”

<strong>MUSTANGS 3, LAKERS 1</strong>

The Mountain Crest volleyball team hit the road Tuesday and defeated Region 5 foe Bonneville in four games. In a thrilling starting set the Mustangs are able to pull off the win, 27-25.

Mountain Crest had to battle hard for the next set as well, with both teams going back and forth the Mustangs came out on top 25-19 for the second set win. After being up two games to none, Mountain Crest lapsed and gave up its only loss of the night losing 25-14 in the third set.

 After the punishing loss, the Mustangs were able to put things away with a 25-20 fourth-set win. MC’s Katie Harvey and Tara Amberson stood out with 12 kills and three aces respectively in their third straight region win.

<strong>GRIZZLIES 3, ROYALS 0</strong>

Logan jumped out early and never really looked back as the Grizzlies easily defeated region rival Roy Tuesday in three sets. The Royals never scored more than 15 points in a set as the Grizzlies won by double digits in each set.

The loss snapped a two game losing streak and gives Logan some momentum heading into a match with valley-rival Sky View Thursday. The Bobcats have won 11 straight and are undefeated in Region 5 play and 14-1 on the season. Thursday’s match will take place at Logan at 6 p.m. 

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