OREM Even after losing to top-ranked Lone Peak earlier in the day, the Viewmont Vikings understood something very well their tournament was not over.
That attitude carried them to a 3-1 victory over American Fork in the third-place match of the 5A state championships at Utah Valley State College Saturday.
Ranked No. 2, the Vikings dispensed of a scrappy American Fork team, 25-21, 25-23, 14-25, 25-16, to end the tourney on a positive note.
"We talked a lot about this not being over," Viewmont head coach Lori Salvo said. "We said, 'Now it's all about the third-place match'. We just wanted them to come out and be positive, and show up and play hard."
American Fork took an early lead but had a hard time pulling away from the Vikings, who eventually built a 20-15 advantage. American Fork scored four straight points but hurt itself with a miscommunication and a double-hit. Although it fought off a game point, Viewmont came out victorious on the next play.
The second game was closely contested, with the biggest lead a mere three points by Viewmont, at 13-10. The Vikings were aided by stellar blocking upfront. For the game, Viewmont tallied a total of 27 team blocks.
With the game tied as late as 21-21, the Vikings came through at the most important time, winning four of the game's last five points.
Down 2-0, American Fork wasn't ready to throw in the towel, and it immediately sent notice of that to the Vikings, building an early 7-1 lead.
American Fork increased that gap to 14-6 before Viewmont went on a short run. But American Fork would not relinquish control and eventually won on a Viewmont ball in the net.
"We knew they (the Cavemen) were good," Salvo said. "They were second in their region. This is how it should be: Two teams this good playing in this match." Viewmont took charge in the fourth game, going up 12-5 and building that lead to 18-9. A Fiona Jones kill ended the match.
"We definitely did not want to go to a fifth game," Salvo said.
Jones led the Vikings with 18 kills, 15 digs and three blocks. Ada Robinson finished with six kills, 12 digs and nine blocks, while Britny Mortensen had seven kills and 10 digs.Sarah Page had 40 assists, while Chloe Muse contributed eight kills and five blocks.
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