Senior Annika Olson serves the winning point against North Canyon (photo credit: Gaby Mirasola)

October 16th, one of the most memorable games for girl’s volleyball, especially for the seniors, ended in a 3-0 victory over North Canyon. The first match began with a crucial, morale-boosting, tip-kill by junior outside hitter Kandace Kramer, who placed the ball right over the North Canyon block, scoring her team the first point of the game. As the first set continued, North Canyon eventually called a timeout, which was immediately followed by an ace and five-point serving run by senior setter Jessica Skemp. The Saints ended up winning the first set 25-15 but not without taking a defeat in the process. Senior outside hitter Sam Maxwell sustained a knee injury towards the end of the set and was unable to play for the rest of the game.

The second set included some retaliation from North Canyon and was not quite as easy of a defeat for the Saints as they expected after the first set. Fortunately for them, the second set ended in NDP’s favor at 25-19. 

In the third set, the Saints decided to switch up their players. Junior Carter Gray put on the libero jersey, and junior Alexa DeMoss became the setter. This set was a much closer call than the previous two. 

The two teams battled back and forth, matching each other in points from 8 to 18, until the Saints pulled ahead. North Canyon called a timeout when they were down 18-20 in an attempt to slow down the Saints. They succeeded temporarily but called another timeout when they were down two points once more at 21-23. The Saints had a chance to finish the match, but a missed serve brought the score back to a tie at 24-24. The Saints won the next point, and senior middle blocker Annika Olson finished it off with a match-winning serve.

This win was not only important for their win-loss record; it also meant a lot emotionally. Five of the girls are seniors and will be graduating this year. Skemp said, “All the seniors got to play together for one of our last matches and we all had a lot of fun.” 

The bond created between the girls reaches all grade levels and goes off the court as well. Kramer claimed that “Every single one of them are there for me on and off the court and I couldn’t be happier with all of the memories I have made with them.” It is clear by how well the team plays together that the bond of the team is strong and hopefully will remain that way after the seniors graduate, leaving big shoes to fill.