Prep volleyball: Lehi tops Bingham

Prep volleyball • Bree Bailey leads Lehi with 21 kills, 15 digs.
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Lehi • The Lehi volleyball team opened its Region 4 volleyball schedule Tuesday with a 26-24, 25-23, 21-25, 25-20 win over visiting Bingham.

Lehi trailed in each set but went to veteran outside hitter Bree Bailey when it mattered most, and the senior responded with 21 kills and 15 digs.

"We started off rough each game, but no one got down and we just kept working," Bailey said.

Lehi pulled ahead late in the first set and finished things with a McKayla Houghton kill to earn a 26-24 win and gain early momentum.

Bingham nearly evened the score in the second set, but Bailey brought her team back from a 22-19 deficit with four consecutive kills to give Lehi a 2-0 lead.

"Bree really helped us out of a jam in that second game," Pioneers coach Jamie Ingersoll said. "She's just so consistent in all areas of her game."

A young but feisty Bingham team earned a win in the third set behind the efforts of Nakisha Wilden and a creative attack that saw the Miners exploit Lehi's front line.

In the decisive fourth game, the Pioneers pulled away from a 14-14 tie by working middle-hitter Hailee Rupp and getting defensive contributions from libero Carley White. But it was Bailey who put away the match with four consecutive service winners.

"We've been working on our consistency, and I thought the way we battled and the way Carley got to every ball gave us a lift," Bailey said.

Lehi tangles with Lone Peak next Tuesday, while Bingham hosts Lone Peak on Sept. 20.