No. 1 Intermountain Christian matched up with No. 2 Panguitch for Saturday evening’s 1A volleyball state championship held at the UCCU Center on Utah Valley University’s campus.
The two schools’ first meeting of the year was eventful as the Lions took down the Bobcats three sets to one.
The two squads had a lot to prove after both making it to last season’s state semifinal, where they each fell 3-1.
They made up for last season’s premature exits early on in the day Saturday to advance to the evening’s final.
Intermountain Christian defeated Rich 3-2, returning the favor to the school that ousted it a year ago. Panguitch overcame Puite in four sets, winning the final set in dominating fashion 25-8.
Still, neither Intermountain Christian nor Panguitch were willing to settle for anything less than a state title, but in the end, the Lions found a way to achieve the ultimate goal, and it couldn’t have felt better for a team that has struggled through the years to make it past the semifinal round.
“I’m on cloud nine right now,” Intermountain Christian head coach Lorenzo Gasper said with emotion. “It’s our very first state championship for volleyball in our program ever. I’m just happy for the girls, the school, the administration. It’s such a great feeling.”
Intermountain Christian’s first state championship denied Panguitch a fourth title in five years, making the win extra sweet.
“Panguitch coach Troy Norris, he’s an amazing coach and they have