It may be early in the season, but Mountain View volleyball coach Kayla Walker likes what she sees from her players. Who wouldn't?
Thanks to an outstanding corps of hitters, the third-ranked Bruins maintained their perfect Region 3 record after blowing past Jordan 15-7, 15-3 Thursday. Mountain View improved to 4-0 with the victory, while the Beetdiggers fell to 1-3."We have five hitters who average three or four kills each per match so we've been really even," said Walker. "They find the court and score."
Included among those hitters are seniors Heather Cheesman, Charmay Magalei and Malinda Ellis, and juniors Ali Roberts and Lindsey Steele. All five were members of last year's Bruins team that lost a heartbreaking match to Skyline for the 5A state championship. Their return has Walker believing that another trip to the title match isn't out of the question.
"We lost some great players but we've got some great players out on the court," said Walker. "They've got the same ability to do everything that last year's team did. I expect them to be there."
While Mountain View is looking for a return trip to the 5A title match this year, Jordan is preparing for the future. The young Beetdiggers count three sophomores and two juniors among their starting lineup and the experience of playing a team like the Bruins only helps.
"They have all the talent it takes to bang the ball away but sometimes frustration sets in,"said Jordan head coach Mike Muaina about his players. "Mentally they are ready to play but that's different than physically playing."
The experienced Bruins never gave Jordan a chance to get into either game of the match. Mountain View jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first game and a 9-0 advantage in the second before the Beetdiggers got on the scoreboard. The Bruins also served up seven aces for the match.
"They are ranked high and there's a reason for that. They are a talented team," Muaina said of the Bruins. "Our hitting was fair and our passing was non-existent."
Mountain View must now ready itself for its toughest test of the region season, a battle with rival Orem on Tuesday. The Tigers are currently second in the region standings at 3-1.