ENTERPRISE – After playing each other Friday in the Utah Tournament of Champions at Skyline High School, the Enterprise Wolves and Pine View Panthers got together again Tuesday with the Wolves winning for the second time in five days.
Enterprise, the defending 2A state champions, defeated Pine View 25-14, 25-8, 25-18 for a three-game sweep at home. The Wolves jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first game, and rolled from there.
“We had block kills early and great digs on the back line,” Enterprise head coach Brian Phelps said. “That put Pine View on their heels.”
Phelps said he was pleased with the performance, especially after the quick turnaround from playing the Panthers Friday.
Pine View head coach Kelly Murdock, however, was not at all pleased.
“We forgot to get off the bus,” she said. “We played lazy and had no desire. It was pathetic play. I know they can play (well), so I can say that.”
Murdock said the Panthers are in for some serious work at practice Wednesday, and there will be evaluations as to which players will see playing time.
Enterprise and Pine View played closest during the third and final set. With the score tied, 2-2, the Wolves’ Shelby Lyman set up a pass over to Riley Lyman, who slapped the ball over the net in a hook-shot motion. The ball sailed softly and landed for the point, which turned out to be the theme in the third set for Riley Lyman.
Her next point came on a soft touch over the net that caught Pine View out of position to put the Wolves up, 16-9. She followed that with a kill to the left line.
Riley Lyman used her soft touch again to sail one that landed at the back line for a 19-14 Enterprise lead. Following a Pine View point, she found an empty spot at the center of the Panthers defense to give the ball another soft landing, and her squad a 20-15 advantage.
Pine View rallied in the third set with the help of Sarah Pierce. The Panthers scored three straight points to make the score 17-12 after one of Riley Lyman’s kills. On the left side, Pierce wound up for a kill with the ball in the air, which forced the Wolves to shift to their right. Pierce then made a mid-flight adjustment and smacked the ball to the off-balance defenders. The Wolves dug it out in the back corner and set up a potential volley for Madison Laub, but she was too far away when Pierce pummeled the ball over her head with her back to the net.
The Wolves and Panthers traded points until the score was 22-18, and that’s when Enterprise scored three straight to win the match. Pine View’s Jorddan Plattner attempted a dig, but the ball grazed the court just as she dove to her knees to get the ball on the final point.
Enterprise’s Jessica Farnsworth made her presence felt during the second set. With the Wolves up 2-0, Farnsworth became a storm front even stronger than the one that drenched Southern Utah on Tuesday night. Farnsworth’s block on a Pine View kill attempt made the score 3-0. She then blocked a kill attempt by Pine View’s Cierra Costa for a 12-5 lead, before blasting a couple kills of her own.
Shelby Lyman set up Farnsworth for a kill that made the score 17-5 in the second set, and Farnsworth sent the Wolves into the final set with a 2-0 lead after a soft tap over the net.
Pine View next hosts Bishop Gorman (Nevada) on Tuesday at 7 p.m., while Enterprise returns to the court Wednesday in a showdown of champions at 3A state champion Hurricane.
“It builds confidence to play against a team of that caliber,” Phelps said. “They’re a good team. It’ll be a tough game, but the kids will step up.”
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