OREM Halloween was supposed to be over. But anyone who saw Friday night's volleyball match between No. 2 Viewmont and No. 4 Brighton watched Viewmont return from the dead to defeat the Bengals in five games 24-26, 25-18, 24-26, 25-23, 15-8.
With Brighton leading 2-1 and up 13-2 in the fourth game, the Vikings began to show life. After rallying for a few points, the Bengals called timeout still leading 15-7. The Vikings huddled and coach Lori Salvo pleaded with her team: "Your destiny is in your own hands."
Outside hitter Britny Mortensen also had something to say.
"I'm gonna put the ball away," she told her teammates.
She added after the match: "I couldn't lose. I had to come back tomorrow."
Well, she didn't lose and did she ever put the ball away. She fueled a rally of eight straight points to knot the score at 15. From there it was point for point until it was tied at 23-all. Then Mortensen rose for a slam but instead gently guided the ball to an open space, and Viewmont was staring at game point. A nervous Brighton squad then netted a kill to give the Vikings the game.
Game 5 was almost anti-climactic as the Vikings sailed to a 15-8 victory. Coming up big in that game was Ada Robinson, who slammed down several key blocks for winners. Actually, she was big for the whole match, counting 13 kills, 18 digs and nine blocks.
"It is really exhilarating when it goes down." Robinson said. "We really wanted to play Lone Peak."
Said Mortensen, who recorded 10 kills and 10 digs: "It showed how much heart we had."
In the first game, no one could go up by more than two points, with Brighton eventually claiming the opener.
The second game saw several streaks as Viewmont jumped out to an early lead; although the Bengals tied the score twice, they could never take the lead. Robinson capped that win for the Vikes with a thunderous block.
The supposed pivotal third game again saw no one take more than a two-point lead, but Brighton stiffened at the end and Sami Brunatti slammed one down for the win.
The way the Bengals jumped out in the fourth game, it looked to be over. But the Vikings refused to lose.
Viewmont's Fiona Jones had 17 kills and 23 digs.
Salvo believes her players gained tournament experience as the match progressed.
"They had been scared," she said. "Coming in, we only had four kids with experience."
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