High school volleyball: Battles will heat up with region play

Published: Monday, Sept. 9 2013 8:46 p.m. MDT

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The Pioneers took over 5A’s top spot after an impressive showing at the Rocky Mountain Classic last weekend. The team is led by senior Cydney Lund, the team’s libero who will play for Utah Valley University next season.

“She will be the key to our defense,” Ingersoll said. Senior right side Resi Tua and sophomore Rylan Roberts will also need to make big contributions for the Pioneers to do well this season.

Defending 5A state champion Pleasant Grove lost the 5A MVP Melissa Fuchs to graduation, but they return key contributors from last year’s team like setter Brisa Winterton, Madison Wolford and outside Rachel Gale.

Last year’s runner-up Lone Peak will likely be in the mix despite losing Ms. Volleyball Kizzy Willey. The Knights program is strong — they are contenders every season, regardless of who is on the roster. Last year junior Emily Lewis saw plenty of varsity time in a variety of positions at the net.

Fremont and Northridge illustrated just how competitive Region 1 will be by beating each other in their first two meetings. Both teams are playing well, as is Syracuse, although Fremont and Northridge had played tougher schedules.

Senior outside Kaitlin Verbitski and senior libero Kelly Erwin lead the Knights. Captains Megan Gallegos, Jessica Quayle and McKenzie Burrows lead Fremont.

Herriman moves into the 5A rankings this week after a tremendous start. The Mustangs are led by a group of seniors that started at the school when it opened.

“This is the group that started with us as freshman, and they’ve been through the entire building-the-program process,” said head coach Bryan Nicholson. “They’re all Herriman kids.”

He admits moving back into 5A, which is where the school started four years ago, is a challenge, especially in Region 4.

“We’re excited though,” he said. “The girls have started out really well, and our record has been great so far. We know region is going to get a lot tougher, but we’re more excited than anything to get into that kind of region.”

The team is led by third-year starter Jacey Saunders, who is the squad’s setter. Senior outside hitter Sadie Pond is another “main weapon” for the Mustangs.”
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Correction: Timpview and Skyview (Utah) did not compete against each other this year. Timpview lost to Skyview (Idaho) in pool play then beat them in the semifinal of the Gold Bracket, on their way to winning the tournament.

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