OREM Springville and Mountain View battled to the bitter end on the volleyball court as the two teams were fighting for position in the 4A state tournament. Finally, the Red Devils found a little more energy in the end to finish the contest 25-19, 26-24, 22-25, 20-25, 15-9.
With Provo also winning, the three teams wound up tied for second place in Region 7, all of them with 8-4 records. With the three teams all having defeated each other twice, the tiebreaks went to a second level with Provo coming out in second, Springville in third and Mountain View in fourth heading into some tough competition in the postseason.
Springville came out with plenty of intensity in the first game and a good amount of focus. The Red Devil hitters didn't have a single error in Game 1 but gave up seven points on service errors.
"Last match and this match both of our hitters are back on track and starting to get into a groove," said Springville coach Wade Taylor.
The Red Devils came back from 23-20 down to grab the 26-24 Game 2 victory. Samantha Sumsion came on strong to lead Springville with 17 kills, followed closely by Lindsay Barker with 16. Setter Dayna Tuttle put it all together with 41 assists.
Then a supremely fatigued and beat-up Mountain View team came back strong to take the third and fourth games.
Bruin setter Rachel Glassford played despite suffering ear and shoulder injuries in a car accident on Oct. 27.
"She jump served the whole match. She's a real trooper. She just kept playing through the pain," said Mountain View coach Jon Fairbanks, adding that his team just ran out of gas in Game 5.
Mountain View kill leader Macy Merrell finished with a match-high 19 kills, Graceann Jacobsen added 10 kills, and Glassford, despite her many injuries and illnesses, finished with six aces.
"They left it all on the court tonight," said Fairbanks, proud of the way his girls had played despite the loss.
Springville got a little complacent with the two-game lead and were feeling a little too comfortable, according to Taylor. "Their crowd rattled us in game four and made us lose our focus," he added.
Sumsion and Barker started Game 5 strong as the Red Devils ran out to an early 6-1 lead and held on for the win.
"I told the team we make our own luck. If we go after things we'll get breaks. It was great for us to have a game like this right before state. It will be interesting to see how it helps," said Taylor.Both teams will make it to the state tournament starting Friday at the McKay Events Center.