OREM South Sevier upset North Summit Friday in the 2A volleyball tournament, 25-15, 25-21, 26-24. The Rams only placed fourth in their region but now find themselves in the semifinal game.
Coach Lori King, however, wasn't surprised. "We felt confident," she said. "We knew coming in if we could play our game we would be all right."
King believes the chemistry on her team played a big part in the win. "Especially in that second game," she said. "We had great teamwork." South Sevier trailed early, 7-3, but after evening the score at 14, it was nip and tuck the rest of the way until the Rams pulled it out.
The Rams appeared to work something special in the third game also. Trailing 19-13, King called a timeout to rally her troops. She told them, "Six points is nothing in volleyball." They must have believed her as the Rams came roaring back to knot the game at 20.
Jadi Parsons displayed big-time power during this stretch. Out of the timeout she slammed one that two blockers went up for but the ball rolled harmlessly off the block, along the net, then fell to the Brave side of the floor, and South Sevier was on its way. A few points later Parsons hit another shot that gave the Rams a 21-20 lead. After a North Summit timeout Parsons continued to torch the Braves. She mixed up her game, simply dinking one over then coming back with another slam to give the Rams match point. The winning point came on a Brave misplay.
Parsons explained her burst of energy: "I pulled a muscle (not too serious) at the beginning of the third game, and it made me want to get the game over with," she said.
Switching up to her guided dink shot, she explained, "I just saw the hole. I put it where it needed to go."
Another major contributor was Aubrey Lindgren. Her eight kills and seven blocks jammed up the middle and frustrated the North Summit big hitters. She said, "Everyone played their part. No one tried to be a hero."
Megan Dowell added 16 service points and was effective from the back row, hitting overhand slams that usually require underhand digs.
The closeness of this team was evident. Said Parsons, "We are all friends outside of sports." And King added, "There is a group of six juniors that have played together for so many years."
Another trademark of this team that King talked about: "When someone makes an error, someone else picks it up."The Rams are anxious to meet San Juan in the semis. The two teams split during the regular season, with each team winning on the other's court.