It wasn’t always pretty, but it was a win.
The Idaho Falls High School volleyball team shook off some nerves to open the 5A District 5-6 season with a 27-25, 25-18, 14-25, 25-14 victory over Hillcrest on Wednesday.
“Even though we’ve played a home match, the girls played like it was their first home match,” she said. “I think because it was the conference (opener) and they know how important those matches are.”
Taylor Sutton led the attack with 13 kills while adding four blocks. Bailee Mills had 12 kills and 12 digs, Maya Taylor had 11 kills, a block, 13 digs and two aces and Madison Johnson added 15 digs for the Tigers.
Johnson came away impressed with the Knights.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “They have a new coach, a new program. But they were scrappy and aggressive and they’re doing a nice job.”
The Tigers (3-0) play at the Utah Tournament of Champions on Friday and Saturday in Lehi, Utah.
HIGHLAND 3, SKYLINE 0: At Idaho Falls, Highland got off to a fast start and rolled to a 25-12, 25-11, 25-12 5A District 5-6 victory over Skyline.
Bailey Mills led the Grizzlies with 20 digs and two aces, Hanna Morales added six kills and Kendra Johnson chipped in four kills and two blocks.
“We didn’t play our best game,” Skyline coach Ceanna Larson said. “But it’s early in the season and they can just go up from here. It’s all a learning experience.”
The Grizzlies (0-3) play at the Peg Peterson tournament this weekend in Pocatello.
SALMON 3, BUTTE COUNTY 1: At Salmon, Carly Knudson pounded down nine kills and Salmon rode a fast start to a 25-9, 25-22, 25-22 nonconference win over Butte County.
Bailee Burgess had 30 assists, Haylee Bingham added six digs and Kylie Peets chipped in five blocks for Salmon, which took second at last weekend’s Ice Breaker tournament at South Fremont.
“I thought we played a great Game 1,” Salmon coach Tracy Burgess said. “Then there were some little things, especially some hitting errors, that hurt us.”
Salmon hosts Challis on Tuesday.
SUGAR-SALEM 3, NORTH FREMONT 0: At Ashton, Sugar-Salem rolled to a 25-10, 25-15, 25-18 nonconference victory over North Fremont.
Cyrita Lee and Chandler Beard each had six kills to lead the North Fremont attack, while Alexa Litton had nine digs and Kristie Hawkes chipped in eight digs.
“I thought (Sugar-Salem) played really well,” North Fremont coach LeAnna Trosen said. “And we really struggled in serve receive. I played 12 girls on the varsity tonight trying to find the right combination.”
The Huskies (0-2) play at Sugar-Salem on Wednesday.
WEST JEFFERSON 3, CHALLIS 0: At Challis, West Jefferson took advantage of a short-handed Challis lineup to earn a
25-15, 25-18, 25-21 nonconference win.
Abby Sensabaugh led Challis with six kills and seven digs, Savannah D’Orazio had 14 assists, Tara Chamberlain chipped in six kills and Chantelle Schwenke added three blocks for Challis, which was without standout Brielle Sheppeard.
Challis takes on Hagerman and Carey in Carey today.
BLACKFOOT 5, MADISON 5: At Rexburg, Blackfoot rebounded from an early 3-0 deficit to pull out a nonconference tie against Madison.
The Bobcats led 3-0 in the 28th minute before Jordan Garcia scored twice to cut the margin to one. Madison scored again to take a 4-2 lead into halftime.
But Jorge Velasquez scored twice and Andreas Godinez put in the rebound of his own penalty shot in the 65th minute to earn the tie.
Blackfoot (0-3-1) plays Pocatello on Sept. 11.
MADISON 1, BLACKFOOT 1: At Blackfoot, Madison and Blackfoot played to a nonconference draw. No other details were available.