Orem • Brian Phelps didn't have to say a word to his team. The match before provided the perfect explanation.
Seeing a dominant team like Desert Hills become an upset victim in the Class 3A final at Utah Valley provided a significant warning to Enterprise. As the Wolves took the court as the best team in the state, they were determined not to let the cycle repeat itself in the Class 2A championship.
"There was a renewed focus," Phelps said.
The result was a three set sweep of San Juan 25-22, 25-12, 25-19 and a bit of history for Enterprise. It's the first state title for the Wolves program since 1991 or the year MC Hammer dropped his timeless hit "U Can't Touch This." And for an Enterprise team that entered the match as a heavy favorite, it didn't disappoint in the least.
"We just wanted to come out and play our game," senior outside hitter Jaycee Reber said. "We had to stay consistent and take advantage of all of our opportunities. This is such a good feeling. We knew all along that we could do it."
The Wolves have been the best team in Class 2A all season. They have now won 24 consecutive matches. An astounding 22 of those victories have come via sweep. To their credit, the Broncos were competitive in the first set and even held a 10-5 advantage at one point. But Enterprise was superior at the net, and eventually overwhelmed with its athleticism.
With the first set being close, the Wolves' depth eventually wore San Juan out, and the Broncos had little left by the third set.
"I think we just kept our composure and stuck to our game plan," Phelps said. "We didn't want to get out of what we want to do, even when San Juan made a run. That's a good team over there, so we knew they were capable of playing good volleyball. A lot of the players are three-year starters. That experienced really helped tonight."
Riley Lyman led the way for Enterprise with 21 kills and 12 digs, the kind of balanced play she's long been noted for. Dakota Robinson had 17 kills to go along with two blocks. Kaylee Christensen facilitated the offensive beautifully with 17 assists.
O Enterprise wins its first volleyball title since 1991.
• The Wolves win their 24th consecutive match.
• Enterprise ends the season with 22 sweeps during the winning streak.