<strong>LOGAN—</strong> The Logan and Box Elder volleyball teams entered Tuesday’s match with identical 2-4 records in Region 5 play. With region position on the line, it was Logan, ultimately, that came out on top after four exciting and closely contested sets.
The Lady Grizzlies outplayed the Bees early in the first set, with a couple offensive runs that gave them a 12-5 lead. Box Elder answered right back with a run of its own, closing the deficit to only two points midway through the first set. Logan players Taylor Larsen and Nicole Peacock stood out with their offensive plays, allowing their team to maintain their lead and hold on for a 25-21 win.
Box Elder came out strong in the second set, quickly gaining a 5-2 lead over the Grizzlies. If there was one advantage the Bees had in this match, it was their ability to block up front. Logan continued to make impressive plays with their serving and receiving, but never took the lead in set two, as the Bees tied up the match with a 25-17 second set win.
Logan (11-8, 3-4) displayed a renewed energy in set three, as the Grizzlies took an early lead of 14-5. The Grizzlies never looked back as they ran away with a 25-14 win in set three.
Neither team pulled away early in the fourth set, until a kill by Peacock gave the Grizzlies a 6-5 lead. Logan found its rhythm, at least temporarily, and another impressive kill by Larsen was part of an offensive run that stretched the Grizzlies’ lead to 13-9.
Logan stretched this lead to 22-14 late in the fourth set, but the Bees of Box Elder were not ready to give up. On a single offensive run they managed to tie the set at 22-all. A back-and-forth effort by both teams ensued as the score equalized at 23, again at 24, and once again at 25-all. The final two points, to win both the set and the match, were served up by Logan’s Katie Peterson.
“I’m usually a right-side hitter, this season I’ve been playing middle, so that transition has been a bit difficult for me. But tonight I connected well with (Bronwen May), our setter, and her sets were just on fire,” Larsen said. “The only thing we struggled tonight was blocking, that’s been an issue for us here and there this season. But our passing was on, our hitting was on, our defense and serving was strong, so I feel we played really well tonight.”
Logan head coach Dan Noack also praised his team’s late-season performance.
“This was a big game for both teams. The Box Elder team gave us all we could handle but I’m proud of this team for the way they played tonight,” he said. “I think they’re playing like they were before we started regional play, and that’s a good thing. I’m confident in this team’s ability to finish the season strong.”
Logan (11-8, 3-4) will play next at Roy, Thursday at 6 p.m., while Box Elder (8-12, 2-5) plays Thursday at region leader Sky View.
BOBCATS 3, LAKERS 1
Bonneville became the first team from Region 5 to hand Sky View a loss in a set, as the Lakers snapped the Bobcats’ winning streak of 29 consecutive sets. That was pretty much the only highlight for Bonneville though, as Sky View rolled to a 3-1 win.
Taylor Durea recorded 18 kills to lead the Bobcats, while Maddie Day added 13. As a team, Sky View recorded 42 kills during the match. The Bobcats jumped out to an early two sets to none lead, before Bonneville rallied to take a tight third set, 25-23.
Sky View (18-1, 7-0) got back on track in the fourth set though to finish off the match with a 25-15 win. The Bobcats won the first set 25-12 and the second set 25-13. Sky View will host Box Elder on Thursday.
MUSTANGS 3, ROYALS 0
Mountain Crest got back on the winning track Tuesday with a 3-0 road win at Roy. The Mustangs were led by Katie Harvey who recorded 11 kills, as MC defeated the Royals easily.
The Mustangs were especially effective on the serve as they recorded 22 aces during the match. Terra Amberson led MC with five aces, while Harvey recorded two of her own. Kelsee Nelson also had a good match as she recorded 22 assists.
Mountain Crest (10-8, 5-2) will remain on the road Thursday when they travel to Bonneville to take on the Lakers at 6 p.m.