The first 5A match between the Bonneville and Madison high school volleyball teams was not short on intensity.
After three tight sets, the Bees flipped a switch in the fourth set to take the match 25-18, 21-25, 25-18, 25-14 on Wednesday at Bonneville High School for their first 5A District 5-6 win.
Bonneville coach Chantal McMurtrey said the Bees blocked better in the fourth set and the match provided plenty of takeaways. Bonneville has several new athletes on the varsity roster after graduating five from last year’s 4A state runner-up team.
“That was good for us,” McMurtrey said. “We have no subs, actually. Everybody’s playing. We have a lot to get better at. For the most part, we’re getting a good effort.”
The Bees led by as much as 17-12, but battled through two lead changes to take the first set. The second set was all Madison. The Bobcats tied but never trailed as both sides fought for points, prompting cheers and applause from spectators as the match was knotted up 1-1.
“Somewhere in the second game, they started tipping a lot,” McMurtrey said of the Bobcats. “We practice attacking more than tipping.”
The intensity carried over into the third set, which the Bees (7-0, 1-0) took after eight lead changes and six unanswered points to end it. The Bobcats (1-1, 0-1) took the first point of the fourth set, but the Bees pulled away from several Madison rallies to win big.
First-year Madison coach Meranda Maestas said the Bobcats also had much to take away from the match.
“I’m really happy with a lot of things that happened tonight,” Maestas said. “We’re still trying to put together a rotation.”
Although she wore the crimson and gray of Madison, Maestas was more than familiar with her opponent and their gym. A 2008 Bonneville graduate, Maestas played for McMurtrey and was a contributor to the Bees’ 2007 4A state title.
Before Wednesday, she had also made frequent trips to the Bees’ gym to watch younger sister and 2014 Bonneville graduate, Kylee Giles.
“It was a little awkward,” Maestas said of coaching against her former coach. “A little less awkward now that Kylee’s not here.”
Halle Hess led Bonneville with 17 kills, three aces and six digs. Haylie Keck added nine kills and 13 digs and Kiley McMurtrey had 15 digs and three aces.
Cassidy Sellers had 15 kills for Madison while Bailey Klingler had seven kills, three aces and 19 digs and Madi Day had seven kills.
Both teams head to tournaments this weekend, with Madison going to the Peg Peterson Tournament at Highland and Bonneville traveling to the Rocky Mountain Champions Classic in Utah.