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Davis, Viewmont and Woods Cross boys volleyball go 2-0 this week

Apr 25, 2024 10:21AM ● By Catherine Garrett
Viewmont High boys volleyball coach Karl Lippa looks on during the Vikings’ three-set win over Bonneville April 16. Photo courtesy Karl Lippa

Viewmont High boys volleyball coach Karl Lippa looks on during the Vikings’ three-set win over Bonneville April 16. Photo courtesy Karl Lippa

Davis, Viewmont and Woods Cross picked up two wins each while Bountiful went 4-2 and Farmington split its two matches this week.


Davis defeated Layton 25-10, 25-16, 25-15, led by Jack Bennett with 14 kills. Also providing offense for the Darts were Jackson Kuma with nine kills and Brigham Garber – who recorded five kills with no errors, hitting .556. Brandon Sims and Chase Valentine both served up three aces while Bennett and Josh Wood ran the offense with 14 and nine assists, respectively. Valentine and Bennett’s eight digs each added to the team’s 33 total digs on the defensive line.

Against Weber April 18, Davis won 25-20, 21-25, 25-18, 25-20.

Valentine and Luke McKnight both had 12 kills to lead offensively while they also combined for 36 of the team’s 65 digs. Wood recorded 19 assists in setting up the offense. Garber also had four blocks at the net and Bennett also had double-digit digs on the back line with 10.

The Darts improved to 3-2 in Region 1 and 10-4 this season.


Viewmont defeated Bonneville 25-15, 25-12, 25-16 April 16.

“The match started in Bonneville’s control as their hard work and growth was clear to see,” said head coach Karl Lippa. “They are extremely well coached, and I am excited to see their growth in the time to come. I was extremely pleased with how holistic the Viewmont boys played in the match with great control to take the lead in each set. It was fun to watch.”

Against Box Elder April 16, the Vikings won 27-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22.

“This match was competitive from start to finish with both teams showing some impressive sets in particular,” Lippa said. “Our team serve-received well, and that allowed our offense to run strong. Their defense made us work hard on every ball. Both teams will continue to make opponents work the last half of the season.”

With two Region 5 wins this week, Viewmont is now 8-1 in the standings and 11-6 so far this season.

Woods Cross

Woods Cross pulled out a five-set victory over Box Elder 25-19, 22-25, 28-26, 15-25, 15-4 April 16.

“This game was one for the books,” said head coach Josey Hilton. “Box Elder is always a tough place to play and this was no exception. Both teams have improved so much since our first meeting at the beginning of the season so it was like playing a whole new team. The third set was the must-win set for us and it was a nail biter. We were down in the third, able to make a comeback and tie it up around the 20s and then it was point-for-point to end the match. This was definitely a team effort. Overall, it was a great match and a great win for us.”

Hilton noted several key contributions from her squad in the win. Lincoln Hibbert entered the match in the fourth set and “immediately did his job and got a kill.” King Tuivaiti “showed his strength as a hitter” in the final set, opening things up for the Wildcats. Hayden Poulton came up with some blocks and kills “in very critical and pivotal moments,” to swing the momentum. RJ Violette “found his rhythm with blocking and running quicks.” Lincoln Preston was “cool, calm and collected in the back row, providing opportunities for our setters.” Lockwood Smoot was a “defensive digging machine,” recording 27 digs. Khang Tran was “our fearless leader, staying very consistent with passing, defense and hitting.” Setters Ryker Iverson and Clayton Schmitt “did an amazing job running our offense with 31 combined assists.”

The junior varsity also had a five-set match against the Bees, but they lost 15-25, 25-20, 15-10, 13-15, 12-15.

Leo Vanderberghe was credited as the player of the match. “His serve receive has improved so much,” Hilton said. “He was aggressive with his hitting and leading the team in kills with nine for the night. We have been working on being vocal and energized during practice and Leo definitely brought the energy and was loud the entire match. That level of energy helped the team stay competitive the entire match.”

The sophomore team defeated Box Elder 25-22, 25-19. Sam Bahr was the player of the match for “showing so much confidence, yet staying calm throughout the match.” “Although Sam mostly plays as a middle, he is not afraid to play other positions and understands what is best for the team,” Hilton said. “During practices, he has been working on becoming a dynamic hitter and adjusting to different types of sets. He demonstrated this during the game by adjusting his footwork and getting his body aligned to hit. Sam also demonstrated good discipline at the net and slowed down a lot of opponents’ attacks. He is a good listener who is respectful and keeps practices fun.”

Against Roy April 18, the Wildcats won 25-21, 25-23, 25-19.

Woods Cross is now 7-2 in Region 5 and 7-10 this season.


Second-ranked Bountiful swept Roy 25-11, 25-14, 25-23 April 16.

Against Clearfield April 18, the Redhawks also won in three sets 25-17, 25-14, 26-24.

“We love to compete in front of our home crowd,” said head coach Sarah Chism. “I’m happy with how we are progressing and learning to play in a system and to make each other better.”

In a tournament at Olympus High April 19-20, Bountiful swept Copper Hills and Weber in three sets while losing to Maple Mountain 25-11, 25-22, 25-16 and Olympus 25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-8.

The Redhawks are now 13-4 with a 9-0 Region 5 mark. 


Farmington lost to Syracuse in three sets 25-23, 26-24, 25-19 April 16.

“This clash delivered an intense volleyball spectacle with both teams displaying remarkable skill and determination,” said head coach Fermin Soriano Bautiste. “While our offense showcased power and finesse, it was the Titans’ impregnable defense that stole the show. Led by their coach’s meticulous training, their players formed an impenetrable wall, thwarting our relentless attacks at every turn. Despite our valiant efforts, we couldn’t breach their defense, ultimately falling short in a tight game. This match serves as a testament to the importance of defensive discipline and teamwork in volleyball, highlighting Syracuse High’s mastery in this aspect of the game.”

Against Layton April 18, the Phoenix swept the Lancers 25-12, 25-15, 25-15.

“We delivered a commanding performance on home ground, securing a victory in a display of strength and skill,” said Bautiste. “From the outset, we exhibited confidence and coordination, dominating the game with precision plays and relentless attacks. Led by strategic coaching, we unleashed powerful spikes and serves, keeping them on the defensive. What truly set us apart was our exceptional defense, seamlessly turning their advances into opportunities for counter-attacks. Despite Layton’s efforts, our home advantage proved insurmountable, fueled by our crowd’s energy. In the end, we emerged triumphant, showcasing the power of teamwork and determination. This victory is a testament to our prowess on the court and a source of inspiration for our fans.”

Farmington is now 3-2 in Region 1 play and 7-7 on the year.