SPRINGVILLE - When it comes to facing playoff pressure, few have experienced it more than the Springville volleyball team over the past decade, and the Orioles used that vast knowledge to roll to another big class 1A regional triumph Wednesday, Oct. 21.
“We can’t overlook any team, even ones that we’ve already played and beaten from our very own conference,” said Springville junior Lauren Wilson, who helped the fifth-ranked Orioles to a resounding 25-15, 25-10, 25-20 quarter-final triumph over the Mohawks.
“We were able to get going right away with a big first set win and then just kept it going and never let up.”
It was Wilson who hammered down the very first kill of the night, setting the tone for the Oriole offense that connected for 42 kills in the match, led by 13 from Wilson.
“When we get one hit, it just seems to fire all of us up, and we were able to get quite a few of them against Bellevue-Marquette,” Wilson said. “We have hitters all over the court too, so teams can’t just focus on any one spot. We’ve got hits coming from everywhere, and we did Wednesday night, too.”
Springville (25-4) jumped to an 8-2 first set lead forcing the Mohawks to call a timeout to try and slow the Oriole momentum.
It didn’t work.
Nia Howard, Kennady Breitfelder and Wilson all keyed another big Oriole run. When Lily Clark stuffed a Mohawk kill attempt with a big block point, Bellevue-Marquette was forced to call another timeout trailing 19-10.
The second set saw more Springville power, racing to an 11-0 keyed by kills from Breitfelder, Wilson and Howard, who served the entire run going 11-for-11 from the line with three of aces.
Kills from Clark, Howard and finally Morgan Nachazel closed out the set two triumph, before the hosts took a 6-1 lead in the third set, though the Mohawks were able to hang around a little longer than they were in the first two sets.
“We knew they wouldn’t go down without a fight,” said Wilson, as Bellevue-Marquette closed to within two points at 21-19 before the hosts ended the match going on a 4-1 run.
“You have to play well to beat any team, and we needed to be able to close this one out. We were able to do it, too.”
And it was Wilson who did it, hammering down the match’s final two kills to close out the 25-20, game-three victory and completing the playoff sweep.
Breitfelder and Savannah Nealman added seven kills each for the hosts while Howard set 31 assists and was 17-from-17 overall from the service line as the team connected at a solid 93-percent clip.
Clark was outstanding defensively coming through with three of the team’s five total blocks.