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Prep volleyball: South Summit holds off San Juan in 2A quarterfinal

First Published      Last Updated Oct 28 2016 10:57 pm

Prep volleyball » Front line leads way for Wildcats in a four-set quarterfinal victory.

Orem • After winning the first two sets of a Class 2A quarterfinal Friday night, South Summit got a little reminder from San Juan — in the form of a set three loss — that everything wasn't quite done yet.

It also brought to mind several instances during the year when South Summit had difficulty closing out matches.

Not this time, though, as the Wildcats resorted to a little monkey business between the third and fourth sets and then finished off a 25-15, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16 victory to advance to the semifinals.

"We're kind of the underdogs right now. We just need to fight every time that we play," said Hannah Peterson, South Summit's setter. "We have this motto that we have to beat the gorilla.




"We say that every team is the gorilla. We kind of ran those thoughts back through our head that the gorilla wasn't dead yet," Peterson said. "We knew that they were going to make a run, but if we play our game, we're unstoppable."

South Summit will play defending 2A state champion Delta in a semifinal Saturday at Utah Valley University. Delta, after dropping the first set of its quarterfinal match against Rowland Hall, eventually moved on with a 20-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-23 win.

As for the South Summit-San Juan matchup, it was a contest between the fourth- and fifth-ranked teams in the state — with San Juan at No. 4.

But South Summit's six-footers on the front line, middle hitter Samantha Rogers and opposite Elise Bush, gave the Broncos problems. Rogers finished with 14 kills while Bush had 10, while San Juan was led by Jordyn Moon's eight kills.

After the match, it's fair to say that South Summit coach Dallas Gines was just as excited as her players.

"This is my first year as a head coach, and they are doing phenomenal," Gines said. "They battled, they showed me they have a lot of heart. We compete every day and it shows.

"They wanted it, and now we're here," she added.

The other semifinal Saturday will be a repeat of a semifinal from a year ago when Enterprise beat North Summit.

North Summit, top-ranked in 2A, disposed of North Sevier 25-21, 25-12, 25-19 in a quarterfinal match, while Enterprise was beating Emery 25-11, 25-13, 25-18 on the next court over at the UCCU Center.

The second-ranked Wolves got 14 kills from outside hitter Jaslyn Gardner in their victory over the Spartans.

"We lost three seniors (from the 2015 team), but we're about the same — maybe even a little better," said Gardner, a 5-foot-4 junior with explosive jumping ability. "We have a chance to win it this year if we work hard. Instead of worrying about our mistakes, we just made plays."

 

AT A GLANCE

Storylines

North Summit and Enterprise, ranked one and two, set up a semifinal clash by winning in the quarterfinals.

» Another meeting between top-five teams took place in the quarters as fifth-ranked South Summit prevailed over fourth-ranked San Juan in four.

» Defending Class 2A state champ Delta earned its berth in the semifinals by beating Rowland Hall in four sets.


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