Orem • It took about one second following the landing of Sloane Roundy’s spike for the referee to make her ruling. It took another second for the call to register in the heads of the teams and fans.
With what was on the line, the two seconds seemed to last much longer. For the Richfield volleyball team, it was worth the wait.
Roundy’s fifth-set winner on the back line gave Richfield a 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 22-25, 15-13 win over Enterprise in the Class 2A state championship.
It’s the second straight title for the Wildcats, who used the experience of several returners to repeat.
"It’s amazing to get in a state final once," Richfield coach Brett Beagley said. "But to get an opportunity to come twice in a row and get a chance to go back-to-back, I just don’t know how many people get that opportunity. It’s the first time I ever have. It’s just amazing."
After the Wolves took the first set, the Wildcats grabbed the next two, including a blowout in the third set, and it looked like Richfield might escape with a four-set win.
But the Wolves rebounded in the fourth set to force a fifth.
"Credit to them because they were able to turn around and come back out on fire in that fourth game," Beagley said. "That’s hard to do, and they did it."
Before the tournament, an Enterprise-Richfield matchup was anticipated because the teams have been considered the best in Class 2A for much of the season. The match lived up to its billing.
"You don’t always get the best teams because of the way the brackets line up and different things," Beagley said, "but you got it today.
"This was the best final I’ve ever been a part of, no question. I’ve been in some tight ones before."
Sammi Beck had 19 kills for the Wildcats, while Megan Bean added 15 kills and seven blocks. Riley Lyman had 17 kills to lead Enterprise.
Richfield easily dispatched Beaver 25-14, 25-13, 25-16 in its semifinal, meaning the Wildcats didn’t lose a set on their way to the championship match. Beaver, which had been a tournament surprise after finishing the regular season with a losing record, tried to keep pace with Richfield, but ultimately was outgunned by the Wildcats’ experienced attack.
Like Richfield, Enterprise swept its semifinal, a 25-20, 25-17, 25-16 win over North Summit to remain unbeaten in any set heading into the title. North Summit, the Region 14 champion, kept things interesting early before the Wolves took control in the final two sets.
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