Skyline boys volleyball best in stateJun 15, 2021 01:01PM ● By Catherine Garrett
By Catherine Garrett | [email protected]
Three years ago, the Skyline High boys volleyball squad lost a heartbreaking three-set match in the state championship. This year, the Eagles were back again playing a three-setter and this time the title was theirs, winning 23-25, 25-20, 15-9 over Springville May 15 at Wasatch High School.
“It was so awesome to see the amount of time and effort the team put in and to watch it pay off for the guys,” said head coach Josh Henderson, who is in his seventh year at Skyline. “This year’s team is the most complete team I’ve coached at Skyline. Every position was strong on both offense and defense.”
Senior captain Quade Sorenson has had his sights set on a state title since he joined the Eagles program six years ago. “It was the most amazing feeling to finally win state,” he said. “In our final game, everything just clicked. Every single player on our team had a very key role. We played as a team, and even after dropping our first set, we came back to win it all.”
Fellow senior captain Jackson Price called the win “bittersweet.” “It was sweet to see all of our hard work come together and perform, but also bitter to think it’s the last time we’ll play together,” he said.
The Eagles defeated Spanish Fork, Bingham and Olympus to reach the championship match.
“During our run to the championship we really relied on the serve, receive and hitting abilities of our outside hitters Price Filo and Jr Seiuli,” Henderson said. “However, it didn’t matter who was set, every one of our players was a threat and could put the ball away. As good as our hitting was, our blocks were just as imposing.”
Sorenson also noted the energy the team had throughout the tournament which made Skyline “unstoppable” while Price felt the team was able to be successful by “playing simple and smart.”
Also on the 13-1 Eagles squad were senior outside hitter Kadius Fuimaono, senior libero Steven Vaenuku, senior middle blocker/opposite Robert Bryson, junior middle blocker Nick Allen, junior libero Kolton Rudd, freshman setter Kai Sorenson and freshman middle blocker Aidan Reyes.