In a show-case match featuring two tall and talented volleyball squads, the defending 3A champs from Morgan (21-4) came from behind to defeat the reigning 5A champs from Lone Peak 20-25, 25-23, 25-22, and 27-25.
The battle with Lone Peak (14-6) was the Trojans second huge win in a row following their 3-0 victory over 4A Skyline on Wednesday evening in Salt Lake. On this night, both teams battled and played well with neither team able to pull away from the other.
Morgan head coach Liz Wiscombe was impressed with her teams’ never say die attitude and big heart. “It was a hard fought match, with both teams battling. We respect them (Lone Peak) a lot. We played with tons of heart in our house, and it was fun to see in our last home game. I hope that gives us confidence ‘cause now it’s one game at a time (at state next week). “
Lone Peak was able to take game one behind the play of senior outside hitter Brynne Sorrell, who found her sweet spot on the left side of the net, smashing winners over and through the Morgan defense. The 5’11” Sorrell wound up with 15 kills and 1 ace for the match. Junior Kizzy Willey added 15 kills and 3 aces to go along with some great passing, setter Raegan Lindsey added 39 assists and 4 aces, and libero Mackie Mullane had 3 aces on the night.
The Lady Trojans, behind the play of their three seniors, middle hitter Bailey Farris, setter Ashlee Gallen and libero Jaesee Dye, would storm back in game two, winning 25-23 on a kill by Farris. Farris is the Trojans emotional leader, coming back from a severe knee infection midway through the season, which caused her to be hospitalized and miss a good portion of Region 11 play. With the outstanding play of her team the last two nights, Farris thinks the Trojans can play with anyone. “It’s a good feeling to play well against teams that are in 4A and 5A. It’s a great way to end our regular season with a win against a really good 5A team. We are playing at the top of our game now, and feel confindent going into the playoffs next week.”
Farris had a monster night with a team high 28 kills, 7 solo blocks, 8 digs, 2 aces and 11 service points. Setter Gallen added 41 set assists, 13 service points, 10 digs and 3 aces. Junior Cassidee Lish added 8 kills and 9 digs, while sophomore Mckenzie Shenck added 6 kills and 3 solo blocks.
As close as the first two games were, games 3 and 4 were even tighter and more emotional.Both teams had big blocks, incredible digs, diving saves and huge kills highlighting both games. The final two points were scored on kills by Farris, the first coming on a replayed point after a controversial whistle by the referee.
The Knights have two big region matches next week with Pleasant Grove on tuesday and Lehi on thursday, while Morgan will enter the 3A playoffs on Thursday on the campus of Utah Valley University as the number one seed, hoping to bring home the championship trophy for the second straight year.