Sandy • The top spot in Region 3 hung in the balance Thursday night.
It was the Jordan volleyball team that grabbed it with a 3-1 victory over Alta.
Jordan was on the attack throughout the match, and that aggressiveness paid off in a 29-27, 18-25, 25-16, 25-21 victory.
"It was indescribable," Jordan senior captain Kaylee Kearsley said. "To beat Alta in four in my last match against them at home was amazing."
Emotions were running high on both sides in the heated first set. Alta looked to be in control when it led 24-22, but Jordan erased the double game point with three consecutive points. The teams traded points before Jordan outside hitter Rachel Morris hammered with authority a perfect set to the Alta side of the floor to set up set point. An attack error by Alta gave Jordan the set, and the gym erupted.
The Hawks bounced back in the second set by taking a defensive approach. They rarely attacked and forced Jordan to make hits, which it failed to do. Alta recorded only four kills in the second set, but it still won 25-18. The Beetdiggers made 15 attack errors and four service errors in the set.
"We got flat in that second game," Jordan coach Brandie McCammon said. "We made mistakes, and we dwelled on them. I relied on my seniors to refocus the team."
Kearsley responded to the call. She seemed to be involved on every point. Whether it was chasing down an errant pass or blocking an Alta spike, Kearsley was involved. The Beetdiggers regained control with a convincing victory in the third set. That momentum carried over into the fourth set, and Jordan earned the victory against its cross-town rival.
Jordan finished the first half of region play 5-0 and became the favorite to win Region 3. But a region title isn't enough for the Beetdiggers.
"Our goal is to go undefeated in region," Kearsley said. "We've beaten everybody now, so we know we can do it."
R Jordan outside hitter Rachel Harris has 15 kills and two aces.
• Senior captain Kaylee Kearsley has 10 kills, five blocks and three aces for the Beetdiggers.
• Jordan's win over Alta caps an undefeated first half of Region 3 competition.