A couple of streaks continued at the 4A UHSAA-First Security prep volleyball state tournament Saturday.
Bingham won its second straight 4A crown, beating Mountain View for the second time in as many seasons - this time on Mountain View's own home court.And Mountain View finished as the 4A runner-up for the third straight season - last year to Bingham and in 1988 to Taylorsville. While some might consider that a three-times-the-bridesmaid-and-never-the-bride ailment for the Bruins, it's more a testament to the staying power of the Mountain View program.
But this year once again belongs to Bingham, which shook off a first-game loss to defeat Mountain View 11-15, 18-16, 15-8.
As was the case with last year's Miners, this year's title-version team was lead by the middle blocking and always-hitting-down kills of 6-foot-3 senior Debbie Dimond and the outside hitting of KayCee Arnold. But Coach Esther Halliday had to rebuild a team about the twosome, and did so with the likes of Becky Anderson, Melyssa McInnes, Stacey Peterson and Michelle Peterson.
"We're a totally different team," said Halliday. "We gelled together right at first (of the season) and we had to work hard. But this team is every bit as good as last year - and in some respects, even better."
Halliday said the run for the 4A crown was harder this year - citing stiffer competition. However, Bingham finished with a 25-1 overall record - the only loss being to 3A Springville.
With each team winning a game, the championship went down to third-game match. Mountain View pulled out to a 4-0 lead, but Bingham quickly caught up and behind the front-net effort of Dimond, took a 9-5 lead and eventaully cruised to a 15-8 third-game triumph.
That left the Bruins - who had been led by outside hitters Angie Roberts, Kim Henry and Jennifer Schlappi - in tears for having come so close but finishing second again.
"It's tough, but they can be proud," said MV Coach Kayla Walker. "They did great things."
Mountain View withstood a late-game rally by Bingham to win the first contest, 15-11. The Bruins had led 8-2 and 14-6 before the Miners finally settled for a 15-11 defeat.
Bingham had the upper hand early in the second game, taking a 8-1 advantage before Mountain View rebounded to tie it a 8-all. From there, the score was tied at 9, 10, 11, 12 before Bingham took a 14-12 lead. But the Bruins again rallied, tying it at 14, 15 and 16 before Bingham won 18-16.
Skyline took third place with a 15-3, 17-15 victory over Pleasant Grove, while Taylorsville earned fifth with a 15-11, 15-8 triumph over Weber.
In the consolation championship between teams that lost first-round games and advanced their way through the losers' bracket, Brighton defeated Roy for sixth-place honors, 15-6, 15-12.
In Saturday's early semifinals, Bingham defeated Pleasant Grove, 15-8, 15-5; Mountain View needed three games to defeat Skyline, 15-12, 6-15, 15-13.3A tournament
At West High, Springville won its second straight 3A volleyball title, defeating Mountain Crest 15-7, 10-15, 15-7.
Springville Coach Suzette Nelson cited the Red Devils' wins in the first and third games as the result of having her team work together. Nelson explained that a number of new faces in the Springville lineup this season, replacing graduated Red Devils from last year's title-winning team, required an increased emphasis on teamwork.
Springville setter Stacey MacArther received accolades from Nelson in setting the table for outside hitting by Tara Houtz and Julie Kirby.
Mountain Crest Lori Hess expressed disappointment in the Mustangs failings in some passing and added that the MC team suffered some from championship gitters.
Union took third place by easily handling Region 7 foe Wasatch, 15-5, 15-9. Fifth-place honors were to Box Elder with the Bees' 13-15, 15-8, 15-7 over Spanish Fork.
Meanwhile, Emery County, which had taken eventual champion Springville to three games in Friday's first round, beat Payson 16-14 and 15-13 for sixth place in the consolation championship.