Pleasant Grove sweeps Skyridge
Brian E. Preece Herald Correspondent
The Vikings (2-0) have been a force in the state’s largest classification for more than a decade and served notice that nothing has changed in 2017, even though the largest classification is now 6A rather than 5A.
“Our culture is secure every year,” said Pleasant Grove head coach Allyce Jones. “This team is as special as the last one.”
Skyridge is definitely an up-and-coming program as the school enters its second year of existence, but the Falcons, who came into this match with a 2-0 record, were simply overmatched. But that was okay with Falcon head coach Deanna Meyer, who previously coached at Lone Peak for 16 seasons winning five state titles and placing second four times and whose fiercest rival was Pleasant Grove.
“I wanted this match because it would show us what we needed to work on and that we need to keep working hard,” stated Meyer.
Meyer also had high praises for Viking middle blocker and outside hitter Heather Gneiting.
“Gneiting is a great player, I really think she could be an All-American this year,” Meyer added.
Jones echoed the praise of the opposing coach.
“Heather (Gneiting) is an incredible athlete,” she said. “We want to set her the ball more (at outside hitter) and her passing is incredible.”
Gneiting had 12 kills in the match and hit an stratospheric .625. Gneiting was backed up by Kazna Tarawhiti, who had seven kills, while Bryton Bishop added six. Megan Sintay also added six kills and earned the praises of her coach.
“When she (Sintay) comes in, she comes in firing and lights us up,” Jones said.
The Vikings used a duo to quarterback the offense and both Bailey Bishop and Alia Rasmussen were stellar getting 17 and 15 assists, respectively.
The Vikings were in control most of the evening, though they trailed 10-6 in the third set. But then Pleasant Grove scored six straight points to go ahead 12-10 before Skyridge used a timeout and got a point after that. But Pleasant Grove never trailed and methodically pulled away to claim the third set 25-18. One of the keys to the Viking success was the serving of Rasmussen who had six aces.
Skyridge was led by Emilee Rupp who had five kills while setter Cici Hauver had a solid game with 11 assists. Reagan Calton paced the Falcon defense with eight digs.