SPRINGVILLE Not only hasn't it lost a match all season long, the Springville volleyball team can also still lay claim to the fact that it hasn't even lost a single game.
The Red Devils faced their toughest test of the Region 7 season when they took on the Orem Tigers with the victor laying claim to first place midway through the league season, and Springville took down its toughest foe yet with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-20 final score.
The Red Devils are led by powerful hitting force Lindsey Barker, but the team around her plays a solid brand of defense from its dangerous block to the amazing digs it regularly picks up in the back court.
"Lindsey is a much smarter player this year. She uses more options and knows how and when to change it up," said Springville coach Wade Taylor, who also noted just how much the team around her has improved.
And it all starts with the pass. Kelsie Ainge recorded 24 digs in the match, while Miranda Littleton added some nice defense of her own.
"Kelsie and Miranda won this game for us today. Kelsie picked up every ball you could see," said Taylor, who couldn't say enough about his tough defense.
But the offense didn't slouch much either as Barker rocketed a game-high 16 kills, and Taylor Steed picked up five kills and four blocks. Taylor gives much of the credit to the victory to his team's intensity and ability not to panic.
"We've been preparing for Orem," he said. "We knew what to run for our defensive scheme, and we executed it perfectly. We've played other teams in region that haven't been as competitive, but tonight we played a competitive team, and we came out to prove that we're the top team in our region."
Sophomore Kristin Clark also came in for a few key points in the match, showing her arm strength along the way, but she also showed the ability to change things up a bit as she dinked the ball over the net on match point to seal the win.
The Red Devils had a tendency to rush out to early leads, giving themselves cushions in each of their three games, but Orem clawed its way back, only to find itself just too far behind to complete the comeback.
Orem setter Shelby Lamoreaux had a nice match with some solid sets, digs and kills, and the Tigers were led by hitters April Robins and sophomore Hannah Robison. But they just couldn't keep up with the Red Devils in the Springville gym.The Tigers did show the ability to play solid ball against their region rivals though, and the rematch in Orem could easily determine the region champs.