Clearfield and Riverton traded blows back and forth in their away game on Tuesday night, but it was the Falcons who managed to get the points needed to claim a straight-sets win. At first, it looked like Clearfield was poised for a quick win after managing three- and two-point wins in the first two sets, respectively.
But a Riverton comeback surged, as the Silverwolves used the 25-23 victory in the fourth to force a final set – which Clearfield won 15-11. Eliza Jones recorded 17 digs and three aces, while the Brooklyn Hawks had 11 kills for the Falcons, who will be hoping the hard-earned season-opening win will give them momentum as they head into the rest of the season. the season.
“There were times tonight where we played really high level volleyball. We have some things we need to refine and work on, but overall we’re really excited about the standard we’ve set tonight as a team,” Clearfield coach Brooke Pehrson said.
The reigning 5A champions have started their 2022 campaign about as well as they could have hoped. With a straight-set win over Brighton on Tuesday night, the Redhawks improved to 2-0 and are yet to allow more than 18 runs in any set.
Sophomore Taylor Harvey led the way with 13 kills and two blocks, while her older sister, Jordyn, recorded 10 kills, eight digs and three aces. Evalyn Chism provided 31 assists, to go along with three aces. It’s still early days, but Bountiful looks set to pick up the slack as the best team in 5A.
“I was happy with the way we served and passed today. It’s still early days and we’re still working on improving a lot of things. So we’ll continue to focus on our side of the net and find the rhythm of our team,” Bountiful coach Sarah Chism said.
It was the 3A Bulldogs who emerged victorious in this 3A-4A game on Tuesday night, as they defeated Logan in five sets at home. The teams traded sets from start to finish, but Judge came out on fire in the fifth set, earning a 15-6 victory to secure his first victory of the season.
The judging team, which fell in the second round of the 3A qualifiers last year, will now look to build on the momentum generated by the victory.
“I’m super proud of our ladies and the way they played tonight. They showed their tenacity and work ethic through some pretty tough races. It’s great to start this season on such a positive note and we will continue to put in the work to get the results we want,” said judging coach Taylor Gustafson.
Predicted to be a premier team in 4A, Green Canyon Wolves managed to pull off a 4-set victory over South Summit on Tuesday night to start their season in the win column.
After one set, however, it looked like the Wildcats had a chance to pull off the upset with a 27-25 result, but Wolves went three straight sets to emerge victorious. It wasn’t a blowout, but the tough South Summit test has given Wolves solid experience as they head into 2022.
“It’s always nice to start the season on a W. It was a battle tonight and I was proud of the resilience of our girls. I’m excited about our group and the potential it has this season,” Green Canyon head coach Madison Larsen said.
The Bingham Miners, the third-ranked 6A team in the preseason coaches’ poll, started their season with a win Tuesday night, but it didn’t come easy.
After Woods Cross stole the first set 25-22, the Miners were forced to pick up tough wins in the next three sets, including 2-point wins in the final two (26-24 and 27-25). The tough result against a tough Wildcats team proved to be a solid first test for a team set to challenge the state’s top seeding.
“Today was a great start to the season! We see where we are now, and this young team is excited to grow and learn to compete at a high level,” said the Bingham manager, Andrew Romero.