SPRINGVILLE — They’d cruised through the Tri-Rivers Conference regular season unbeaten for the second straight season.
They’d worked through four wins to reach the conference tournament championship game on their own home court Saturday, Oct. 15.
The class 1A third-ranked Springville volleyball team was on a mission to once again let everyone know who the top team in the league is.
The Orioles left no doubt.
“Our team is finishing the season well, and as we wanted with good momentum and solid volleyball all around,” said Oriole volleyball coach Claude Howard, as his team crushed Easton Valley in the Tri-Rivers tournament championship game taking a lopsided 25-12, 25-19 final.
“We felt today showed what we are capable of when we execute consistently and follow the game plan. We feel like we are getting better and using our full compliment of tools when attacking.”
Six different girls recorded kills against the River Hawks led by eight from Mikayla Nachazel, on a mere 17 attacks.
Rylee Menster added seven more while also chipping in with a team-best 12 digs.
Alyssa Jaeger powered down six kills with Samantha Johnson adding five more to go with a perfect 12-for-12 serving match.
Madi Wagaman set 16 assists while Olivia Dlouhy added nine more as well as going 9-for-9 from the service line.
Springville (25-7, 6-0) defeated Bellevue-Marquette 25-16, 25-21 in the semi-final round and opened their tournament bracket play Saturday with a quarter-final 25-13, 25-9 triumph over Cedar Valley Christian.
“I’m really proud and excited about the way the team performed,” Howard said. “Now we are all looking to post-season preparation.”
The Orioles opened Tri-Rivers Conference tournament pool play Thursday, Oct. 13, hosting Alburnett, and rolled to a 21-6, 21-8 rout over the Pirates.
Wagaman was all over the court for the hosts not only leading the team with seven kills, but also set eight assists to go with a 6-of-7 serving match with three going for aces.
Johnson added four kills and was 6-of-6 serving.
As a team Springville connecting on 93-percent of their serves.
The final game of conference pool play saw the Orioles crush Lisbon, taking a 21-10, 21-12 match.
“The Lisbon team plays hard,” Howard said. “We got what we wanted which was to maintain the edge and the focus of winning another tournament title.”
Menster and Nachazel led the offense with five kills each against the Lions.
Springville wrapped a second straight undefeated conference regular season Tuesday, Oct. 11, rolling to a 25-10, 25-11, 25-13 victory hosting North Linn on Senior Night.
“Tonight was special, as it should be,” Howard said. “Our seniors were the first freshman class of my heading coaching career and those girls are very special to me.
“I have been proud and honored to be a part of their growth over the years and I feel blessed to be their coach. We started all our seniors, except Maria McVay who was unable due to transfer rules. It was a special moment for our senior class to all be out there together at once.”
Seniors Dlouhy, Megan Allsup, Destiny Hard, Marissa Kilburg, Jenna Nulle and Sophia Stolte all received a huge ovation from the home crowd.
Springville’s fr/so and JV teams also picked up wins on the night.
“It was great to get the win and complete another undefeated regular season,” Howard said. “All of our levels won to finish the season.”