<strong>HYRUM—</strong> Mountain Crest squared off against Bonneville Tuesday with the No. 2 spot in the Region 5 standings on the line. The Mustangs earned victory straight sets, 3-0, but the Lakers of made it anything but easy.
Bonneville capitalized on a lack of rhythm from Mountain Crest to take a 6-5 lead early in the first set. The Mustangs regained control of the set with Katie Harvey at the server position, with their first offensive run of the night that gave them an 11-6 lead. Mountain Crest extended its lead to nine points before Bonneville answered back with an offensive run of its own. The Lakers closed their deficit to only four points, but Mountain Crest’s Kelsee Nelson served two consecutive aces to end the first set, with a score of 25-18.
The Lakers had another strong start in set two, opening up with a 5-2 lead. Again, the Mustangs answered back to take a 12-8 lead of their own. The Lakers held a brief lead late in the second set, but consecutive side-outs from both teams extended the set until it was tied at 28. Harvey served up the final two points of the set, for a 30-28 MC win.
Bonneville showed no signs of letting up in set three, as the Lakers led, 20-14. With Nelson back at the server position, the Mustangs staged their comeback with an offensive run that tied the set at 20. Both teams exchanged possession until the Mustangs scored the final two points to win the set, 27-25, and sweep the match.
Nelson had a standout performance with a total of 26 assists, five kills, three aces and two blocks. Harvey led the Mustangs in kills with a total of 12.
Mountain Crest head coach Lori Karaghouli had nothing but praise for her team’s performance.
“We’re back to playing great again. (Bonneville) has a big block and some good hitters, but we did everything needed to overcome those things. We made our serves at critical times tonight,” Karaghouli said. “This team likes to compete, they don’t like to lose.”
Mountain Crest (11-8, 6-2) will play next at Box Elder on Tuesday, October 16, at 6:00 p.m.