LEHI The unheralded Lehi Pioneers took on No. 5 Riverton on the volleyball court and upset the Silverwolves in three straight games 25-21, 25-23, 25-19.
Though Riverton appeared to be rolling through the first half of Game 1, Lehi stood strong and held its ground, coming back from a 2-7 deficit to even things up five times before taking the lead for good at 15-14. The Silverwolves kept things close as they did in all three games, but they just didn't have enough in the end as Lehi finished every game strong.
"Nothing was amazing, but nothing really broke down for us either. We had runs where our hitting was good; we had runs where our defense was good; we had runs where our blocking was good, and we had runs where we made mistakes," said Lehi coach Jamie Ingersoll after defeating the previously 6-2 Silverwolves, whose only losses were to No. 3 Layton.
Ingersoll also noted that all of her main front-row hitters came away from the match with positive hitting statistics. The offensive stats were led by Miranda Parkinson with 16 kills, Lindsay Day with 11 kills and Elle Brainard with nine.
Brainard, a sophomore, did all of her damage in the final two games as she made her presence known with a solid arm and a tough block.
"Elle definitely did catch some fire in Game 2 (where she had six kills), and today was a much better blocking effort," said Ingersoll. She's still not happy with where the block is, but she was happy with the improvement.
Ingersoll also was happy with her back-court tandem of Aly White and Shelby Lund, who "no question kept us going on the back row," with their impressive digs.
Meanwhile, after coming away with victories in the first two games, the Pioneers watched Riverton's top player, middle blocker Chelsea Sorenson, go down with an injury. It didn't appear to be serious, but it did keep her off of the court for the remainder of the contest.
Prior to her injury, Sorenson put down eight powerful kills and stuffed four blocks as she made her presence known. "Sorenson was having a really good game until she went out," Ingersoll admitted, noting that she can be tough to stop.
Riverton's Alle Finch finished with nine kills to lead the Silverwolves, and junior Jessica Neilson added seven.Katy Ford came in for the Pioneers to finish with seven kills of her own as Lehi finished the high-quality match with an impressive 46 kills in only three games. Neither team finished off many points with mistakes as Riverton added 30 kills of its own.