There is no doubt that the Enterprise volleyball team has become a dynasty with the Wolves playing in the past four state championship games as well as winning a plethora of region titles.
The Wolves have come away with two state titles over the past four years and are once again one of the favorites to get back there again after taking down the Delta Rabbits (25-15, 25-18, 25-17) — the defending 2A state champions — Thursday night in a season sweep.
Jaslyn Gardner had a game-high nine kills and Tori Phelps had 26 assists — giving her 501 for the year — as the Wolves dominated from start to finish against the defending champs.
With the win, the Wolves have now won eight consecutive games and are in complete control atop the region standings. With Delta suffering its second loss in region play, the Wolves now have a two-game lead in region play with just four games left in the regular season.
“We actually have had several kids sick over the past week so we’ve been scraping by,” said Enterprise head coach Brian Phelps. “But the girls really came together tonight and really played a complete game. There were a number of loose balls that they went after and I couldn’t have been more pleased with their effort tonight.”
The win was extra special for Enterprise who lost last year’s state title game in four sets to the Rabbits.
“Losing to them (Delta) in the state championship really motivated us this year and it’s shown in the two games that we played this year,” said Lacy Drake, a four-year starter.
“In both games this year, we were able to come out strong and we just kept it going. Although last year’s loss was tough, beating them twice this year does help a little bit,” she said smiling.
In the first set, Enterprise started the game scoring the first three points thanks to an ace from Phelps. The Wolves would later push the lead to 13-7 with a pair of blocks from Halle Drake and Gardner. After a pair of attacking errors by the Rabbits, the Wolves went on a 9-3 run before taking the first set 25-15.
And just like the first set, the Wolves jumped out to another quick lead as Timoire Phelps had an ace — one of eight aces on the night for Enterprise.
But Delta battled back in the closest set of the night to pull with four at 11-7. The Wolves went on another big run (12-6) to go up 23-13, but then got a little careless as they dropped the next five points before closing the game out 25-18 in the second set.
Despite getting a little careless at the end of the second set, there was no hangover as the Wolves started strong en route to a 25-17 set win. Up 15-10, Gardner rose up and had the play of the night as the junior outside hitter came up with a huge block that had the audience on their feet.
“I’ve been coaching for 32 years and I don’t remember seeing anyone that can jump higher than Jaslyn,” said Coach Phelps. “I don’t think she knows how good she really is. She’s really a phenomenal athlete and when she wants to jump, I don’t there is anybody in the state that can block her.”
“She can jump so high and lets her really pick any spot on the court that she wants to hit. She definitely makes my job easier,” Tori said smiling.
While the 6-0 start in region play is exciting, players know they can’t get big-headed.
“We expect to win a 2A state championship and that’s our goal,” Tori said. “That means every team is going to give us their best shot. We know we can’t overlook anyone and can’t take any days off if we want to reach our goal.”