North Fremont’s volleyball team looks like they’re peaking at the right time. The Huskies topped Salmon in five set Thursday after impressing in the Malad Tournament last weekend.
The Huskies opened the Malad Tournament by topping number-five-ranked Declo 25-23, 25-19 to win by point differential.They then fell 25-19; 25-19 to number-one-ranked West Side.
They then fell to Utah’s Layton Christian Academy 25-16; 19-15 before heading into tournament play on Saturday.
The Huskies topped Soda Springs 25-14; 25-10 on Saturday before falling to Layton Christian 25-16; 25-19 in the championship match of their side of the bracket.
“We felt great about it. We did what we went to do and that was grow, connect and get better,” said North Fremont head coach Rochelle Hoffner. “By the end I felt like we were playing really good volleyball. We played some really good teams.”
Hoffner said her team showed in the tournament that they can spread the ball around like they haven’t in the past.
She said hitters and blockers Graycee Litton, Blanca Mazo, Josie Richardson, Emrie Lenz, Alyssa Hill and Grace Heiner all can score.
“They’re all growing,” Hoffner said. “This group of girls plays really well together and they’re friends on and off the court. They just have a strong connection.”
She also liked what she saw from her DS’s Harlie Goedhart and Sheylaci Gunnell also played well.
On Thursday, North Fremont carried forward some of that momentum to beat Salmon in five sets on the road. The Huskies went up two sets before Salmon tied it up at two a piece. North came away with the final set.
“I’m actually pretty happy it went that way because in the last couple of weeks we’ve been working hard on that fifth set and playing well under pressure and minimizing errors in that fifth set,” Hoffner said. I was excited that we went to that fifth set and got an opportunity to play a fifth set after working on it so much and to see those girls be ready; we beat them by quite a bit in the fifth. That was something that we needed at this moment of the season to push where we need to go. I feel like we’re connecting really well now.”
North Fremont’s coaching staff switched to a 5-1 against Salmon with all-conference setter Mariya Hoffner distributing the ball.
“That was exciting having her run the offense,” Hoffner said. “She has a good head for knowing who to set in each situation. Something that I’m super excited about is that all of our hitters right now are just connecting really well. This is the first season where we’ve really been able to set anybody, any of our front row hitters. We know all can execute and get a kill. In the past we’ve had one or two go too and now we’re much more competitive knowing we can set (any of them).
They Huskies hold an 8-8 record overall with a 3-4 conference record. They only trail Ririe(7-0) and West Jefferson(4-3) in the nuclear conference.
North Fremont will finish up their regular season this week with games against Firth and West Jefferson on Tuesday and Thursday.
“I’m feeling thrilled. I think we’re peaking at just the right time in the season,” Hoffner said. “We have Firth on Tuesday and then West J on Thursday. I feel like we can beat both of those teams and finish strong in the regular season and go into districts in a good a spot ready to fight for a championship in our conference.”