With the score at match point for Taylorsville, everyone in the gymnasium knew It was almost like slow motion as the Warriors serve cleared the net and was returned by Mountain View. Natalie Williams circled to the middle. The ball was set, and she delivered a lightning-quick left-handed smash to give Taylorsville a 15-8, 15-3 victory in the girls' 4A state championship.
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previewThe victory snapped eight years of volleyball domination by Weber and Skyline high schools, and ended a personal drought for Williams, who, as a senior, finally found herself on a state championship team. Last year, the Warrior volleyball team managed a sixth-place finish in state, while the Williams-led basketball team has twice finished second in the state tournament.
The victory by Taylorsville was not as lopsided as the scores would indicate. As Coach Jean Widdison would note later, it was defense, not offense, that dictated the outcome.
"We played good the first night, but had only so-so games in the second and third nights," said Widdison. "We pulled together tonight--I think that showed our maturity."
There was only one long offensive run, and that came at the end of the first game when Taylorsville scored six straight points without a side break. And Williams played a key role in the rally. She scored two kills, including the game-winner, used a soft touch move to start the scoring run and stuffed back two defensive returns by Mountain View for scores.
Mountain View took second and was followed in third place by Hillcrest, which scored a heart-pounding 15-12, 10-15, 16-14 win over Bonneville. The contest was hard-fought all the way, with the Huskies regrouping and holding their composure down the stretch for the win.
Bingham scored a two game sweep 15-9, 15-12 over Cyprus for fifth place. Hose school Roy captyured sixth place by winning the last two games over Box Elder 15-13 and 15-6 after losing the first 15-3.
Williams was easily the outstanding player on the court and showed her prowess both offensively and defensively. She used a powerful jump serve to score two aces in the second game sto keep the pressure on the Mountain View team. She also made a spectacular dive to keep the ball alive and prevent a Mountain View score, allowing Taylorsville to rally for a side out.