"If we can beat the teams we're supposed to beat, I think we can hold on to fourth place," said West Jordan coach Paulasi Matavao, regarding the last slot in each region that reaches the state tournament. "I think our girls are starting to gel a little bit. We've made some adjustments from the middle of the season and I think they're starting to pick it up."
Taylorsville (4-11, 1-6) didn't make it easy for West Jordan (13-5, 4-3).
Tied at 23 in the opening set, the Warriors got a kill from Savannah Swindlehurst, then won the set on a serve-receive error for the Jags. Similarly, Taylorsville pulled away from 23-all in the second set on a block by Kailey Peterson, then a kill by Finau Tonga to go up 2-0 in the match.
Tonga finished with 15 kills and three blocks, while Peterson added 12 kills from her outside position.
In the third, West Jordan's Hannah Brady served her team to six straight points to give the Jaguars an 18-12 advantage. After winning that set, West Jordan claimed the fourth in the late stages. West Jordan was up 22-21, then a missed Taylorsville serve, followed by an ace by Elena Despain, bumped the Jags to 24-21. After Tonga scored a kill for the Warriors, Modai finished off the set with a kill.
In the deciding fifth set, West Jordan led 13-12 when Taylorsville was called for a net violation. That set up a kill by Jaguars' middle Ariana Perez to finish the match.
Modai collected 13 kills, and Despain tallied 10 for the visiting team.