Area video games for regional groups in 3A Area 13 (Morgan, Ogden, Ben Lomond, Layton Christian) and 2A Area 17 (St. Joseph, Utah Army Academy) are set to start.
Here’s a temporary description of each the fields.
3A Sector 13
That is the world of Morgan Excessive. No matter subject the Trojans play in, it has been theirs for the higher a part of 4 many years. Based on the document, he has gained or shared 29 straight subject volleyball championships.
Morgan has had the workforce again for many of final yr, led by senior setter Timberley Peterson, junior center blocker Alivia Jaffa, senior defensive specialist Rachel Anderson and senior hitter Camilla Brooks.
The Trojans are 1-3 to this point, however three losses have come to 5A state-title favourite Bountiful, 6A Area 1 contender Davis and 4A state-title favourite Sky View. The win is in 4 units in opposition to Farmington.
Ogden is the one workforce that might theoretically compete for a top-half spot within the area. The Tigers went 5-5 within the area final yr and completed third with the junior-led workforce.
It’s now an much more skilled workforce with senior outdoors hitter Reece Bockwold, senior outdoors hitter Soledad Vanorden and senior Libero Olivia Blackford main the best way.
Junior setter Megan Erdema, junior center hitter Ella Tuttle and junior right-side hitter Audrey Vangsgaard are three extra returning starters whose head coach Brad Hulse is upbeat in regards to the workforce’s prospects.
South Summit was one of many groups, together with Morgan, that Ogden could not crack final yr. All three conferences had been victories for the Wildcats.
South Summit completed second within the area final yr and had been swept in each matches in opposition to Morgan. The Wildcats had a reasonably younger workforce in 2021 and are anticipated to compete within the prime half of the area once more.
Ben Lomond hasn’t gained a match in years. The Scots are 0-5. Further details about the workforce was not offered.
Layton Christian was a considerably stunning workforce final yr, going 5-5 within the area. Further info concerning LCA was not offered.
Grantsville began 8-3, together with a five-set win over Ogden, in a match final week. There should be a workforce to see the Cowboys.
So far as the 3A classification goes, the final three state championship video games have pitted Morgan in opposition to Union and the Trojans misplaced all three of the aforementioned title video games.
Morgan-Union, Chapter 4, is a protected notion within the later rounds of state tournaments, whether or not they meet within the semi-finals or finals (which aspect of the match bracket the RPI rating locations them on).
An enormous distinction this yr is that Union has a brand new head coach, as Annaline Melotto is now coach at Fremont, however the Cougars are 9-3, standing with a handful of victories over 5A groups.
2A Sector 17
St. Joseph’s Catholic is the defending champion in Area 17 after main 24-7 in Area 17 and 9-1 in Area final yr. They make six begins from final yr’s workforce, stated head coach Cindy White.
Exterior hitter Sarah Snell, libero Caitlin Sumner, setter Lexi Bombella, outdoors hitter Helen Moon, center hitter Hannah Anderson and proper aspect hitter Reagan Schelhays are the six returnees. White highlights sophistication Lizzie Randall as an up-and-coming participant to look at.
If something has gotten off the Jayhawks recently, it is a deep postseason run. He defeated No. 19 Parovan within the first spherical of final yr’s state match, then misplaced to No. 11 South Savior as a No. 3 seed.
“This yr our workforce goals to re-conquer our area and end within the prime 4 within the state match. We have to apply each day with intent and objective and never lose sight of our targets alongside the best way, understanding that each apply and each match counts,” stated White.
St Joseph’s solely defeat in subject video games final yr was in opposition to Waterford, who White is predicted to be one of many groups to beat. Thus far this yr, the Jayhawks are 6-3 in opposition to the schedules of most highly-classified groups.
The Utah Army Academy has a brand new head coach, Dan Peters. No info was given in regards to the workforce.
Total in 2A, North Summit defeated Kanab for final yr’s title. These two, plus Enterprise, make some title favorites.
2A volleyball is the alternative of 2A women’ soccer and boys’ soccer. Whereas soccer is dominated by personal colleges, volleyball is dominated by public colleges.
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