Mountain Crest, Springville, Union and Wasatch qualified for the semifinals of the state 3-A volleyball held at West High Friday, each emerging with quarterfinal wins.
In matches held late Friday night, tournament favorite Springville defeated Skyview 15-12 15-8, while Union was dropping Bear River 15-13 15-7.The Mustangs held off surging Spanish Fork 15-7 14-16 15-10 in one of Friday night's early matchups, while Wasatch dropped Box Elder 15-2, 15-12.
Perhaps the best matchup Friday night was the Mountain Crest-Spanish Fork quarterfinal. The Mustangs, who previoused defeated Tooele in two games earlier Friday, took the first game with ease. The Dons fought back hard, however, overcoming a two-point deficit late in game two to force a third game.
In that deciding game, Mountain Crest took a 4-1 lead behind the blocking of Wendy Fryer. Spanish made it 4-2 before the Mustangs scored three quick points on a miscue, an ace from Nechele Bradshaw and a kill by Ariane Brown.
Spanish Fork's Jodi Sheen fought off a match point at 14-6 with a brilliant block, and the Dons rallied to 14-10 as Michal Lee slammed home a winner, Sheen served an ace, and the Mustangs committed a pair of mistakes. Mountain Crest wrapped up the match when Kami Hart and Rhodes teammed to block the game-winner.
Wasatch rode the talents of Melanie Sabey and Rachel Bowthorpe, plus the hitting of Maegan Pitts, to its win over Box Elder. It was a kill by Pitts at the end that gave Wasatch its trip into Saturday's semis.
The Red Devils of Springville had little trouble with Skyview, as Mary Ellen Stover and Tara Houtz, two experienced seniors, led the way. Unionwill meet Springville in a 1 p.m. semifinal today, while Mountain Crest and Wasatch will meet in the other.
Friday night's loser's bracket matches found Tooele eliminating Ogden 15-12 15-8, Cedar City eliminating Granite 11-15 15-12 15-10, Payson sending Bountiful home with a 15-9 16-14 decision, and Emery ending Woods Cross' season via a 15-9 17-15 victory. The winners of this afternoon's semis will play for the state title tonight at 6 p.m., while the losers will battle for third place at 3 p.m.