Sugar-Salem’s volleyball team will play in the state semifinals for the fifth year in a row tomorrow after winning both of their matches today.
In their 9 a.m. match, the Lady Diggers beat Timberlake in three sets winning the first two sets 25-8; 25-7.
“We came out really strong,” said Sugar-Salem head coach Cami Dodson. “We ran everything that we needed and dominated everything we needed to in the first two sets.
In the third set, Sugar eventually won 25-21 but they had to really fight for it.
“In the third set, they came out and fighting like crazy and made some adjustments and we kind of sat back and overlooked their intensity and it was a lot closer that it should have been,” Dodson said. “We got down 16-21, called a timeout and then it was go time and they came back in and we ended up winning 25-21.”
Sugar beat Fruitland in five sets.
“We knew going into that that they were an incredible team,” Dodson said. “They had a huge middle attack, very disciplined, good serve receive. We knew that we were going to have to be on our best game.”
Sugar lost the first set 17-25 and the second set in an intense 33-35 battle in the second set.
“We came out a little slow, Dodson said.. We ended up having to wait a long time for the court because of the earlier games. We lost the first two sets. The second one we ended up losing 33-35, which was crazy intense.”
Sugar carried some momentum from the competitive third set despite losing it.
The Lady Diggers won three straight sets to win the match.
“(My team) got some confidence back and started swinging strong, started running what we needed to run and won the third set 25-8 and from there it was just a knockdown drag-out battle. We ended up winning 25-22 in the fourth set. And won15-13 in the fifth set.”
Sugar will play Filer who they lost to in four in the finals last year but beat twice earlier this season inclduing a 3-0 win in Sugar City.
“They are an incredibly strong team,” Dodson said. “They won state last year. We lost to them. They only graduated one senior so they are crazy strong. We played them twice this year and we’ve won both so we feel confident but we know that they’ve made adjustments. They had a player get hurt in the district championship so their whole lineup looks different. So we know that they have girls that can swing like crazy and they have crazy fast defense. So, we know that we’re going to have to be on point to get past them but we also know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my girls can take it. They just have to play their game and take care of our side of the court.”