Printed on: October 04, 2012

Fourth time's the charm

By Marlowe Hereford
mhereford@postregister.com

It took four meetings and three consecutive tiebreakers, but the Bonneville High School volleyball team finally picked up an elusive win over two-time defending 4A state champion Century.

The Bees came away victorious Tuesday on their home court in a 22-25, 25-23, 14-25, 25-21, 15-12 win that featured 33 lead changes and 31 ties. It was the first conference loss for Century (31-3, 5-1) in 2012 and first loss to an Idaho team since Sept. 7, 2011, when Idaho Falls swept the Diamondbacks.

Moments after cheering in a group huddle on the court, the Bees were still taking it in.

"It feels so great to know we pulled it off," said Bonneville junior libero Mackenzie John-son, who had 17 digs.

"We knew they'd be a tough opponent," said junior outside hitter Kylee Giles, who led Bonneville with 25 kills, three blocks, seven digs and one ace. "We came out and wanted it more."

Continuing the trend of previous Bonneville-Century mat-ches, each set could not have been more different. After dropping the first set, Bonneville overcame a 7-2 deficit and held off a late Century rally to win the second one 25-23. The third set was the only one Century led the whole way en route to a 25-14 win.

Both teams played point for point in the fourth set until Bonneville built on a 19-18 lead, forcing the tiebreaker with a 25-21 win. The fifth set started off the same way, but Bonneville had the final three points..

"It was pretty nice to get that monkey off our back," said Bonneville coach Chantal McMurtrey. "Overall, game four and five we started playing defense like they (Century) play defense. Awesome digs, fighting for your lives kind of saves."

In addition to Giles and Johnson's performances, Hay-lie Keck had 12 kills and Katee Bennion added five blocks for Bonneville.