By Kurt Johnson
Photos by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography)
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Some attention in national rankings and an impressive undefeated state championship season for Morgan High volleyball claimed the No. 16 spot in our TOSH Top 30 stories of the year.
#16 – Undefeated state title for Morgan volleyball
A loss to Snow Canyon in the 3A state tournament title game in 2014 provided an intense motivation for the 2015 edition of the Morgan High volleyball team. The drive to avoid the feelings they had at the end of that previous season carried the Trojans to an extremely special campaign.
By the time this team reached the state tournament at Utah Valley University, it was rolling and that was really bad news for the teams in its path. After sweeping away Park City, Dixie and Desert Hills, Morgan got its anticipated rematch with Snow Canyon with the championship on the line.
This time, it was all Trojans as they won the opening game 25-11 and after a few hiccups in Game 2, took that one 25-21 before going 25-15 to close out the match and claim the championship banner. Morgan’s senior-laden team was built for this championship run and it delivered a kill percentage of 46 percent led by middle Aubrey Saunders, who hit at an incredible 80 percent.
Saunders and fellow senior Jaiden Farr each delivered a dozen kills for the Trojans, while Kennedy Wortman added 11 and junior Anna Cox had nine. Add to the amazing a serve percentage in excess of 90 percent and you see how motivated this team was for this title-game rematch.
The state tournament dominance was an emphatic exclamation point on a spectacular season in Morgan. The undefeated run through a 32-0 season is impressive enough, but this is a 3A state champion that was clearly the best team in the entire state.
Among those 32 victories are non-region regular-season wins over 5A state champion Lehi and such volleyball powers as Sky View, Lone Peak, Davis, Bingham and Northridge. It’s hard to argue with the greatness of the wins on that schedule.
It will be tough for the Trojans to match this magical year as almost all of their top performers have now graduated. Cox, a 6-foot middle, is the lone junior among Morgan’s statistical leaders. She had 172 kills in 2015.
Otherwise, this was a team fueled by those seniors – Jaiden Farr was the team’s most highly decorated star for this season’s performance. She had 390 kills and 232 digs during her senior year. Saunders, a 6-foot middle, had 238 kills, while Wortman, a 5-7 outside hitter, had 218 kills and 189 digs for the Trojans.
The team’s setter was also a senior, and at 5-7 Jorry Randall was amazing at getting her hitters in great position to put balls down. She had 1,054 assists and 187 digs. Another senior was 5-5 libero Sara Elton, who had 177 digs.
It was a great way for all of them to end their outstanding high school careers.
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