PREP VOLLEYBALL: Syracuse puts middles to test and triumphs over Fremont

Tuesday , September 12, 2017 - 10:41 PM

RYAN COMER, Standard-Examiner Staff

SYRACUSE — The Syracuse High volleyball team has a strong offensive attack even when it’s not as dynamic as it could be.

That point was proven last weekend at the Wasatch Festival. According to head coach Corrie Vigil, Syracuse became over-reliant on its outside hitters. The Titans still went 5-2.

Tuesday against Fremont, in a key early-season showdown among Region 1 contenders, Syracuse’s middles got involved and the result was a sweep (25-23, 25-18, 25-19).

“A lot of high school ball is just outside, outside, outside, even when they’re out of system,” Vigil said. “We try and tell our kids, even out of system, we’ve got to go to the middle because not a lot of high school teams do it. I think that separates us a little bit, so we have to take advantage. We have good middles.”

Syracuse’s two main middles — McCall Neilsen and Brianna Hardy — combined for 14 kills with a hitting percentage of .440. Hardy didn’t make a single attack error and produced eight kills.

“If you can get your passers to have the option to run all three hitters, it’s really nice,” said setter Aubri Whatcott, who finished the match with a kill of her own.

Syracuse looked vulnerable in the early-going as Fremont raced to a 13-6 advantage.

Back-to-back kills by outside hitter Breanna Jessop and opposite hitter Natalie Anderton then started a 7-1 run for the Titans. Syracuse stayed within three points until taking a 22-21 lead.

With the teams tied at 23-23, the Titans closed out the set with back-to-back kills from Hardy and Lauren Sotomayor.

Sotomayor finished with a team-high nine kills.

Syracuse used a 12-4 run to take a commanding 16-9 lead in the second set and finished it with a 6-1 run.

A 6-0 run in the third set helped Syracuse build a 9-3 lead and Fremont never got closer than three the rest of the set.

Syracuse totaled 49 kills for the match. Megan Chandler had eight and Anderton had seven.

“We just kind of had the expectation that they were going to be a pretty good team and that we would need to fight hard, and we would just need to really work and bond as a team to get the job done,” Hardy said.

CLEARFIELD 3, NORTHRIDGE 2

LAYTON — Clearfield held off Northridge to win in five sets by scores of 25-21, 29-31, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11.

Clearfield was paced by Breanne Bitter, who totaled 21 kills, eight digs and four aces. Missy Mortensen added 13 kills, eight digs and two aces

Alo Thompson led the Knights with 18 kills, 13 assists and 10 digs. Ashlyn Bell added 19 kills

And libero Katie Townsend tallied 14 digs.

DAVIS 3, WEBER 0

PLEASANT VIEW — Davis beat Weber at home in straight sets by scores of 25-19, 25-23, 29-27.

Emilee Turner had 11 kills for Davis. Kaila Kaholoaa posted six blocks and Lexi Todd added 23 digs.

Kenzie Done had 13 kills to lead Weber while Savannah Dodson tallied four aces and 12 digs.

BOX ELDER 3, BEAR RIVER 0

BRIGHAM CITY — Box Elder beat Bear River in straight sets. Set scores were 25-11, 25-15, 25-12.

BONNEVILLE 3, BEN LOMOND 0

WASHINGTON TERRACE — Bonneville beat Ben Lomond in straight sets by scores of 25-14, 25-21, 25-9.

Jade Flitton had seven kills and six digs for the Lakers. Abby Van Vossen added six kills and two blocks.

ROY 3, LOGAN 1

ROY — In a hotly contested match, Roy beat Logan in four sets. Set scores were 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20.

LONE PEAK 3, BOUNTIFUL 1

BOUNTIFUL — Lone Peak beat Bountiful in four sets, by scores of 25-20, 18-25, 25-23, 25-21.

Kaybrie Pe’a led Bountiful with 12 kills while Brook Pe’a added 10. Bri Mortensen accounted for 26 digs and Holland Vande Merwe had 24.

BINGHAM 3, VIEWMONT 0

SOUTH JORDAN — Bingham swept Viewmont by set scores of 25-12, 25-21, 25-19.

Rachel Bated tallied 14 digs and six kills for Viewmont while Abi Jewett had 13 digs and three aces.

LAYTON CHRISTIAN 3, UTAH MILITARY ACADEMY 0

RIVERDALE — Layton Christian Academy beat Utah Military Academy in straight sets. Scores were 25-9, 25-19, 25-16.

Jada Wyms led LCA with 12 kills and one assist. Tess Henry had seven kills and six assists. Maelynn Schrader tallied 11 assists and one kill while Miray Hatum added seven digs and one kill.

Justin Johnson contributed to score reports.

Contact Ryan Comer at rcomer@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @RyanComerSe and on Facebook.

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