Orem • Trying to stop Timpview in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament was like trying to stop a steam train with a bucket of water balloons.
The Thunderbirds dominated defending champion Sky View in Saturday's final to claim their second title in three years and avenge last year's championship match defeat.
"We blew past everybody, and I just knew we were going to win," Lauryn Dela Cruz said after Timpview's 25-22, 25-13, 25-16 victory at Utah Valley University's UCCU Center. "It feels so good"
The Thunderbirds improved to 18-0 in best-of-five matches this season, and won all 18 in straight sets.
Dela Cruz, one of two returning starters along with fellow senior Jessie Jorgensen, said this year's championship team was truly a family.
"We love each other and we spent every second together," said Dela Cruz, who had a team-high 12 kills in the championship match. "If it wasn't at practice, we were hanging out on the weekends. We just love each other so much."
The senior could do little wrong in the final, dinking, dunking and slamming the Bobcats into submission in the second set. Sky View (17-1 in best-of-fives) hung tough in the opening set, but they had no answer after that no matter how many water balloons they lobbed.
Timpview, which defeated Mountain Crest in Saturday's semifinal, scored in waves against Sky View, and in different ways. Aces, kills down the line, soft touches over the top of Bobcat blockers each method as effective as the next.
Lyndie Haddock had seven kills and three aces and Jorgensen had 13 digs for the Thunderbirds. Dela Cruz, who also had two aces, capped the match with a kill down the line that set off a wild celebration.
"I think the girls had a lot of confidence," Timpview coach Kristen Bailey said. "A lot of them were on this court last year and even the Haddock girls, even though they weren't on the court with us, they played for the state championship last year in basketball. â¦ We just came in here and fought really hard."
Sky View, which beat Woods Cross in Saturday's other semifinal, had dropped just one set in the tournament's first three rounds.
Last year, the Bobcats outlasted Timpview in a five-set championship match. That experience was little help Saturday.
"Sweet revenge," Jorgensen said. "It feels so good to come back and beat them. We played so much better, we were stronger, we were committed, and so determined.
"This is so amazing. To go out my senior year with a championship is icing on the cake."
4A volleyball championship Timpview 3, Sky View 0
R Timpview wins its second Class 4A state title in three seasons with a straight-set victory in the final.