2A volleyball: Enterprise uses last season's loss as motivation for run at title
Orem • Going five games in the championship match only to lose doesn't exactly leave great memories.
But it did leave Enterprise as a team to beat at the Class 2A state volleyball tournament this season.
The Wolves so far don't seem to be bothered by the burden of favorite status.
Enterprise (25-2) rolled through a pair of matches Friday and into the semifinal round at Utah Valley University behind the two-headed middle hitting tandem of junior Riley Lyman and senior Dakota Robinson.
Lyman punched home 16 kills in only three sets as the Wolves rolled past Grand County 25-14, 25-12, 25-17 in a quarterfinal match.
Robinson, meanwhile, added nine kills and three blocks in the win over the Red Devils.
"We think about it a lot," Robinson said about last season's five-set championship loss to Richfield. "It's just given us that much more drive this year. I think we have a good chance. We're about the same as last year, except we lost our setter. But we have another who has stepped up."
Enterprise started the day by rolling American Leadership 25-10, 25-14, 25-7 in an opening-round match.
Enterprise seized control from the start by scoring a 7-1 run in the first set against Grand County (19-15), which beat Waterford in four games to start its Friday
The only real trouble spot for the Wolves was in the third set, when separation was achieved when Enterprise used a 4-1 stretch marked by two kills and a block by Lyman to go up 17-12.
"I felt like we played pretty well as a team," Lyman said. "We just tried to play our game. We need to play our hardest and not get down."
Lyman said the 2012 title game match was "not fun," but Enterprise coach Brian Phelps insisted that his players weren't preoccupied with avenging the results from last season.
"I think our goal for the past 20 years is always to get to the championship and win it," Phelps said.
Next up for Enterprise is South Summit, which squeezed past Emery in a five-game thriller. The 25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 25-13, 17-15 victory came after South Summit fought off two match points and got the clincher when a kill from middle blocker Jamie McNeil found the floor after a long final-point rally.
"We can out on top and we're all right. That's what I wanted," Wildcats coach Brittani Mitchell said. "That's how you win state championships. You don't float through. Everyone comes to play and you have to push through."