The Malad Middle School 7th grade volleyball team completed their 2022 season as the 2A/1A 5th District Volleyball Champions! They entered the tournament as the #3 seed and started out playing the #4 seed, Soda Springs. Malad made quick work of Soda by beating them in two sets 25-14 & 25-15.
After beating Soda this paired them up with the #2 seed and host, Grace. After jumping out to a quick lead in set one and looking to win pretty easily, errors and struggles allowed Grace to make a comeback and push the set to extra points, where Malad pulled it out 26-24. In set two, Grace used the momentum from the end of set one to propel them to a 25-17 victory. This pushed the match to a third and deciding set to see who would move on in the tournament. Usually the third set is only played to 15, however it had been decided by the host school that during the tournament the third set would be played to 25 just like the other sets. The third set was back and forth between the teams, with both teams going on runs at different times. Malad was the first to 15 and then pulled away in the end to win the match at 25-18.
This win put Malad in the championship match against the #1 seed, West Side. This was another back and forth match throughout the first two sets, with each team winning one set and setting up the third and decisive set. Again this set was played to 25 instead of 15 for the tournament. After the hard fought third set which went to extra points Malad came out on top winning the match, 25-17, 25-18, & 26-24. This win finished off their season and made them the District Champions!!!
Coach Ty Price shard, "I’m proud of the girls for coming out in the tournament and playing really good volleyball all day. We have had a bit of a rocky season, with lots of ups and downs throughout the year, and not as many wins as we had hoped for or that we were capable of winning. They came together in the end though and showed just how good they could be.
“They had never beaten either West Side or Grace during the season and they were really feeling like they couldn't beat them, yet they were very capable of doing that. I really tried to keep them focused during the tournament on believing in themselves and being confident in their ability that they could compete with those teams. They did that and pulled together as a team and finished strong!"