MONROE – South Sevier High School’s 2019 volleyball team’s season wrapped up with a sixth place finish at the 3A state championship tournament held at Utah Valley University in Orem, Oct. 29 and 30. Given the Lady Rams’ record from regular season play, the team entered the state tourney ranked eighth and had a bye for the play-in round.
The Lady Rams’ first opponent was ninth ranked North Sanpete, who defeated SSHS 3-1 in the first game of the season, Aug. 22, in Monroe. During the Sevier Valley Tournament in Richfield, Oct. 12, the Lady Rams beat the Lady Hawks, 2-0. Both bouts were hard-fought, close matches.
The third matchup for the two squads at state was yet another tough battle. The Lady Hawks were able to come out on top in three sets – 25-21, 25-17 and 25-23, respectively. The loss moved the Lady Rams into the consolation bracket, where they took the court against Providence Hall.
The Lady Rams bounced back from the loss to North Sanpete and handily took down Providence Hall’s Lady Patriots in three sets – 25-10, 25-18 and 25-16, respectively. The win moved the Lady Rams into the consolation semifinals where they faced off with the Lady Spartans of Emery, a team the Lady Rams defeated twice during league play.
The Lady Rams hit the court hard and took the first set, 25-9. The Lady Spartans came back and won the second set, 25-19, and then squeaked out a 27-25 win in the third set. The Lady Rams fought hard to come out on top of the fourth set, 27-25, followed by a 15-10 win of the fifth set, which chalked the match victory.
The final matchup of the tourney, as well as the Lady Rams’ season, was a sixth/eighth place bout against Judge Memorial’s Lady Bulldogs. The barn burner game between the Lady Rams and the Lady Bulldogs lasted five long, hard-fought and close sets.
Judge Memorial edged out a 25-23 win in the first set. South Sevier regrouped and came back strong to take the second set, 25-18. The Lady Bulldogs came out on top of the third set, 25-21, putting the Lady Rams in a do-or-die situation.
A tenacious effort by the Lady Rams resulted in a 25-23 win of the fourth set. The fifth set encompassed yet another hardy effort by both squads. The Lady Rams’ determination propelled them to a 16-14 victory and a sixth place finish at the state championship tournament.
Three seniors will depart the Lady Rams’ lineup – Kenzie Jones, Brookell Brindley and Saige Okerlund.