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Skyview High volleyball wins first state title in program history

The Skyview volleyball team won the first 4A state championship in program history with a five-set victory over Idaho Falls on Saturday at Skyline High.
The Skyview volleyball team won the first 4A state championship in program history with a five-set victory over Idaho Falls on Saturday at Skyline High. IdahoSports.com

Skyview High has long been known as one of the best volleyball programs in the Treasure Valley, with six straight 4A District Three championships and 11 of the past 13.

But the Hawks’ local dominance hadn’t carried over to the state tournament — until now.

Skyview hoisted the first state championship in program history with a 25-22, 17-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-11 victory over Idaho Falls on Saturday at Hillcrest High in Ammon.

“Just being on the other side of that (celebration) so much, it felt a little surreal, honestly. Like, did this really happen?” coach Kevin Murphy said. “We’d been on the other side too many times, and when it finally happens, you’re like, ‘Holy cow.’ 

The Hawks have four state runner-up finishes and five third-place trophies since 2000.

“It’s crazy. It doesn’t even feel real right now,” senior outside hitter Demery Dean said. “This year, I feel like we were just so determined. Our whole group, we all wanted it. We would give everything we had to just to get it done.”

Juniors Dani Nay and Olivia Bradley led the Hawks. Nay, an outside hitter committed to Weber State, had 74 kills in two days. Bradley, a middle blocker headed to Montana, added 46 kills and 14 blocks. Libero Morgan Bower had a team-high 85 digs, while setters Whitney Bower and Karen Murphy combined for 152 assists.

Skyview, which graduates one starter, made it through state without a loss and went 40-3 overall.

“It’s like a gut-check, and it’s really about who wants it more and who is going to give it everything they have and all their heart,” said Nay, about going to a fifth set in the title match. “I think we all just put everything we had out there.”

Idaho Falls won back-to-back 5A titles before moving to 4A this season. The Tigers have six titles overall.

“I was pretty speechless at first. It didn’t really hit me at that exact point that we finally reached our goal that we’d been working for for so many years,” Nay said. “But I was just extremely excited.”

5A: TIMBERLINE TAKES SECOND

Timberline won three straight loser-out matches to advance to the championship, but the Wolves’ luck ran out against Bonneville. The Bees swept the Wolves for the second time in two days, cruising to a 25-14, 25-20, 25-16 victory and their first state championship since 2009.

Timberline takes home the runner-up trophy, matching their best finish since taking second in 2004.

The Wolves, the only 5A Treasure Valley team to make it to the second day, started Saturday with a sweep of Lewiston, then rolled past Madison in three sets for a rematch against Bonneville.

Timberline lead early in all three games before the Bees rallied back, eventually clinching their eighth state title.

3A: PARMA THIRD

Parma lost to Timberlake in a five-set semifinal at Madison High in Rexburg. Timberlake then lost in three games to Sugar-Salem (the Diggers’ first title since 2008).

2A: NAMPA CHRISTIAN WINS EIGHTH TITLE

Nampa Christian defeated two-time defending champion Malad 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-22 at Idaho Falls High. The Trojans beat the Dragons twice Saturday, also winning in four sets in the semifinals to finish atop the podium for the first time since 2012.

1A D-I: HORSESHOE BEND FALLS SHORT

Horseshoe Bend’s loss to Troy on Friday put the Mustangs in the losers bracket. But the Mustangs won three consecutive win-or-go-home victories Saturday at Rigby High. Two of those matches went to five games. Troy extinguished Horseshoe Bend’s upset bid in the title match, winning in four games for the program’s 10th championship.

1A D-II: LIGHTHOUSE BACK ON TOP

Lighthouse Christian swept Butte County at Bonneville High in Idaho Falls for its fourth state championship in five seasons.

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