For the second time in school history, the MHS Lady Trojans earned the “four-peat” designation as State Volleyball Champions (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018). Morgan’s senior players have never lost a state title game in their four years of high school. The local press commemorated the Lady Trojans latest addition to the trophy case with memorable comparisons.
“Death. Taxes. Morgan winning a state volleyball championship.” led the Deseret News’ story while the Standard-Examiner quipped, “Year after year, the Trojans get off the bus at the UCCU Center with a giant red bullseye on their backs and walk back on the bus with a state championship trophy.”
Even with the regularity of their wins, Coach Liz Wiscombe assures that it never gets old. “It’s where we want to be in October. This team played so well together. Everyone had a good tournament and filled her role. They all played well.”
Wiscombe’s team not only played well; they dominated the tournament, not dropping a single game from start to finish. In the championship match against San Juan, the number one seed from Region 15, Morgan opened with a 14-7 run before the Broncos called a time out. The Lady Trojans continued their hard-hitting quick offense and tough, no-ball-hits-the-floor defense to seal the championship in three games (25-15, 25-21, 25-17).
“I thought our serve receive in the championship game was a difference maker. Our passes were great, and our setter was able to get the balls to the hitters,” Wiscombe observed. “This team has had its ups and downs, and everything hasn’t been smooth sailing all season, but they played hard and the played well this tournament. I am proud of them.”
When asked what was unique about this team, Wiscombe paused and then answered, “The thing that stands out about this team is their ability to show empathy to others and be kind.”
“Yes, they can play volleyball,” she continued, “but the thing I will never forget about them is their kindness. These girls befriended a team made up entirely of kids in foster care in California. Our girls took this team under their wings, befriended them, cheered for them in the tournament and continue to keep in touch with these girls on social media. They truly care about others.”
“It’s amazing to be a part of the Morgan community, “Wiscombe added. “I can’t thank my coaching staff—Vicki Walker, Stephanie Stuart and Karen Loertscher—enough for all they do. As a team, we want to extend our gratitude to the parents, community members, fans and school for their support throughout the year.”
Morgan senior hitter Grace Weppner was honored before the State Championship Game as a member of the UHSAA/Deseret News 3A Academic All-State team. Weppner has a 4.0 GPA at MHS.
In the semifinal match on Thursday afternoon, the Lady Trojans faced North Sanpete who won a four-game match over Delta in the quarterfinals. Morgan faced tough competition against the Hawks and rallied from five points down in two of the games to take the match 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-17). The Lady Trojans remained calm and steady even when they were down and rallied as a team to take the lead back in each of the games.
Wednesday evening in the opening round, the Lady Trojans won their match 3-0 over Richfield (Region 15 #6 seed) with scores of 25-11, 25-23, 25-15. Their next opponent was South Sevier, the number three seed from Region 15. Morgan overpowered the Rams in three games 25-12, 25-20,25-13 with strong hitting, on-target passing and consistent serving to advance to the semifinals.