Spanish Fork used a come-from-way-behind rally in the second game to beat Timpview 15-7, 16-14 en route to the 1988 3A prep volleyball state title Thursday night at West High.
In winning the championship, Spanish Fork overcame a 14-10 deficit before winning the match-clinching second game 16-14. SF Coach Wendy Weaver admitted that she was concerned with the second-game situation. "It's a lot easier to win in two games. That third game makes it tough."But what was tough was how the Lady Dons manhandled the T-birds in the first game, winning 15-7. Spanish Fork opened up an 8-0 lead before Rachael Pope scored Timpview's first point on a service ace. The T-birds came to within 9-4, with their points not necessarily the result of a Timpview attack but unforced SF errors.
After being stuck on points Nos. 10 through 12, Amber Loftin evenutally served Spanish Fork's final three points - her third run of point-gleaning services in the game. In all, she was credited with five service aces in the 22-minute opening game.
And while Loftin was serving, the tall Lady Don frontline of Loftin, Debbie Hjorth, Carla Cornaby and Michele Treanor dominated play along the net. Susan Bird handled most of the setting chores, while MaryAnn Clayson spearheaded the defensive efforts.
But after the first-game trouncing, Timpview took offense - or at least took to the offensive. But even with a 1-0 lead on the game's opening serve, the T-birds still found themselves short on the scoreboard, down 5-1. A momentary run at momentum brough the T-birds even at 5-all, with an apparent sixth point negated when a Timpview player was ruled into the net.
Timpview finally took its first honest-to-goodness lead of the match at 11-10. A couple of service aces by Tomika Young put Timpview up 13-10, with the T-birds soon up 14-10.
Then, according to T-bird Coach Janet Bowes, Timpview should have been given a game-winning penalty point - and a second chance to claim the crown in a third and decisive game - when a Spanish Fork substitute lingered on the sideline while removing her warmups. Bowes says a delay should have been called but wasn't.
From there, Spanish Fork rallied for the next six points to win the game and match. Spanish Fork scored, in order, on a combined block by Loftin and Hjorth, a Hjorth kill off an over-the-net Timpview pass, and another Hjorth smash going off the block - and now Spanish Fork trailed 14-13.
After trading sideouts, Spanish Fork tied it at 14-all when a Timpview hit went long, then took a 15-14 lead as the T-birds were unable to put the ball over in three hits, and won it all on a Loftin kill.
While they lost in a nailbiter, the T-birds showed in the second game that they could play even with their opponents, with Young able to effectively set up her frontline mates of Pope, Anna Bradley and Cynthia Reeves.
In other final-round matches Thursday, Sky View claimed third place by downing '87 champion Pleasant Grove, 15-9, 15-7; Carbon took fifth-place honors by defeating Granite, 15-7, 15-7; and Ogden earned sixth place and the consolation-championship trophy by edging Provo in a pair of 15-11 games.