Bountiful volleyball keeps rollin’Oct 04, 2021 10:21AM ● By Catherine Garrett
The Bountiful High volleyball team is all smiles with an undefeated start through nine matches. Photo courtesy Michelle Socci
The Bountiful High volleyball team continues to dominate its opponents this season, having dropped just one set. This past week, they swept Woods Cross and Viewmont to sit atop Region 5.
Bountiful defeated Woods Cross 25-21, 25-19, 25-19 Sept. 21.
“It’s always fun to play a cross town rival. Woods Cross is a great team and I am really happy with how our team stayed focused and together,” said head coach Sarah Chism. “We had to defend against early set deficits and then stayed steady to finish each one. Serving and passing continue to be our focus and it seems to be starting to pay off.”
Jordyn Harvey put away 11 kills while Taylor Harvey had eight, Evalyn Chism five and Claire Cook four. From the serving line, Jordyn Harvey recorded four aces with Evalyn Chism serving three and Taylor Harvey one. Defensively, Jordyn Harvey and Evalyn Chism combined for 22 digs with Elle Burleson (eight digs) and Cook (five digs) also contributing significantly.
Against Viewmont Sept. 23, the Redhawks won 25-10, 25-12, 25-19.
Bountiful is undefeated through three Region 5 matchups and 9-0 overall this year.
Davis swept Weber 29-27, 25-22, 26-24 Sept. 21 in three tight sets.
The Darts were led by Aubrey Nielson with 13 kills while Katie Anderton ran the offense, recording 20 assists. Brinlee Bush and Hannah Cutright were tops defensively with 13 digs each.
Against Fremont Sept. 23, Davis lost 25-14, 25-18, 25-20.
Nielson’s double-double of 10 kills and 12 digs again led Davis with Bush also getting up 12 digs. Anderton had 17 assists setting up the offense.
The Darts are now 1-1 in Region 1 play and 5-7 overall.
Farmington defeated Layton 25-16, 26-24, 25-16 Sept. 21.
The Phoenix improved to 2-2 in the Region 1 standings and are 4-6 on the season.
Viewmont swept Box Elder 25-20, 25-20, 25-15 Sept. 21.
“The team just played well together all around,” said head coach Cathy Hope. “It was a big improvement from our game last week with Wood Cross. Box Elder is a very smart team with their tips and pushes and puts us out of system a lot, but we played a very good coverage game and stayed on top of it.”
Liza Montalbo led the offense with 14 kills while Maddie Lege also had seven kills to go with four blocks and three aces.
Against Bountiful, the Vikings were defeated in three sets.
“Bountiful is such a great team. We went into this game just wanting to compete and play well,” Hope said. “I don’t feel like the score accurately shows how well we did show up to play. Defensively, I felt like we were pretty scrappy. Offensively, I felt like we could have done better.”
Montalbo and Kassidy Mckean combined for 17 kills with some “strong play” at the net, according to Hope. Macey Christian ran the offense with 22 assists with Anela Briones and Gracy Mackay teaming up for 18 digs to lead on the defensive end.
“The third game was intense. We were neck and neck with them up until about point 13 or 14,” Hope said. “I’m proud of the girls for hanging on and not giving up. We are looking forward to seeing them at home in a few weeks.”
Viewmont falls to 1-2 in the Region 5 standings with a 7-4 season record.
Woods Cross lost to Bountiful in three sets Sept. 21.
“It was not our night,” said head coach Nicole Hogan. “We didn’t serve or pass well enough to beat them.”
Olivia Ruy put away 13 kills while also recording 22 digs. Nora Campbell led the defense with 24 digs.
Against Northridge Sept. 23, the Wildcats lost 26-28, 25-16, 20-25, 25-19, 15-11.
“It was a tough match,” Hogan said. “Northridge played great defense and we made too many unforced errors.”
Ruy had 19 kills with Saane Katoa adding 17. The pair combined for 35 digs as well. Lauren Bodell led Woods Cross with nine blocks while Danielle Sullivan (eight), Madison Meeks (seven) and Lauren Bodily (six) were also big at the net. On the defensive side, Nora Campbell recorded 29 digs while Akilisi Pahulu added 10.
The Wildcats fell to 1-2 in Region 5 play and 10-3 overall.