By Kurt Johnson
Photos by Kristin Murphy (DeseretNews.com)
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A season that began in chaos ended with a state championship and that gets the Bountiful High volleyball team’s 2015 campaign into our Top 10 as story No. 9 in the TOSH Top 30 stories of the year.
#9 – Bountiful volleyball rises from chaos to championship
The 2015 volleyball season had just begun and everything seemed to be falling apart for a Bountiful team with state championship aspirations. A lawsuit filed by an assistant coach and her husband accused head coach Lane Herrick of assault and battery against her daughters led to her resignation and the suspension of Herrick and assistant coach Joel Burton.
As the season had already started and the team was left with no one on its coaching staff, the district scrambled to bring in Sabrina Hughes as the interim head coach and Sarah Chism as her assistant. That duo guided the Braves for the bulk of the season, with the task of bringing order to a chaotic situation.
By the time Bountiful hit its region schedule, it had things back on track and it rolled to a 12-0 record in league games. All told, the Braves finished with a 22-4 mark after sweeping their way to the 4A state championship, including a 27-25, 25-17, 26-24 win over defending champion Timpview in the state finale.
It was a testament to the work of Hughes and Chism and also to an outstanding group of players, led by four steady seniors. Kennedy Redding and McCall Asay, along with Brittnie and Brooke Rathmann were huge in the state tournament after setting the tone that saved the season.
Junior middle Kelsie White and junior outside hitter Seyvion Waggoner also delivered in the clutch for the Braves, particularly in that championship match. It was the ending Bountiful had in mind way back in August, but one that could have been derailed but for a group of young women who refused to let that happen.
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