LEHI The Lehi Pioneers once again sent notice they are not a team to be trifled with during the high school volleyball season. This time the foe was Provo, and the Pioneers took care of business in three quick games 25-16, 25-19, 25-13.
For the first time of the season though Lehi coach Jamie Ingersoll was happy with the way her offense performed as opposed to lauding her defense while saying the hitting needed work.
"This is the first time we've clicked offensively. We hit the ball really well. Kjersti Secretan on the right side had a lot of success out there," said Ingersoll, talking about Secretan's 10 kills in the match.
"She has a quiet personality, but she's gotten better every year. We moved her from the outside to the right side this year, and she's turned into our secret weapon," Ingersoll added about the girl who finished off the match with the final two kills.
Two other players also came on strong offensively for the Pioneers as Miranda Parkinson led the team with 13 kills, and Elle Brainard finished the match with seven kills and no errors. The Pioneers only had a single hitting error throughout the entire first game of the match.
In the backcourt Aly White had a good match, digging 13 balls, while libero Shelby Lund added 11 digs in the contest, which featured some good long rallies and solid scrappy play by both teams.
The one thing Ingersoll was a little disappointed in was the Pioneers' play from behind the service line. The Pioneers gave away seven points in just the first game on service errors and 17 for the match.
"I've been trying to give these kids some confidence to serve aggressively, but we have to be better than that. We can't start off a match like that," said Ingersoll.
The two teams did battle through five ties in the first game before Lehi ran out to a comfortable lead, using its supreme height and power to great advantage. Lindsay Day finished off the Bulldogs in Game 1 with one of her five kills in the match.
The Bulldogs kept Game 2 a little tighter all the way through and only found themselves down 21-19 late in the game before losing four straight points to the Pioneers as Secretan spiked down two kills in the final four points, and Parkinson added the final kill of the game after a long, scrappy rally neither team wanted to lose.
Game 3 belonged to Lehi from the beginning as the Bulldogs had a tough time getting anything working and were down 23-10 at one point before succumbing to the tough Lehi team.The Bulldogs were led by Cassidy Christiansen with four kills and Ashton Hudspeth with three. My Trang Ha was solid in the back court for Provo.