Last week was a busy one for the San Juan High School volleyball team. The Lady Broncos picked up a 3-1 win over Emery on Tuesday, October 8 before heading to Lehi, UT for the Wasatch Festival Volleyball Tournament at Skyridge High School.
Surprisingly, it was a tough first day for the Lady Broncos. They went 1-2 on Friday, October 11, losing to Snow Canyon and Pleasant Grove. The girls did beat Provo, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a placement in the bronze bracket for day two.
San Juan got their game in gear on Saturday, beating Canyon View, Springville, Herriman, and Hurricane on the way to a bronze bracket championship.
Despite the unexpected start at the tourney, Lady Broncos head coach Kelli Keyes said the weekend wasn’t a disappointment. “We learned from it,” she explained.
And they’re still in good shape headed towards the state tournament. Keyes said Morgan and Richfield both lost games at the tournament also, and San Juan was at the top of the RPI rankings before the UHSAA removed them from their website late Saturday night.
The Activities Association published their RPI rankings for all of the fall sports this season, then removed them in recent weeks.
According to a UHSAA spokesperson, the removal serves three purposes: to give schools time to double-check their season information and make sure it was entered correctly, to build state tournament excitement by scheduling a final RPI reveal, and to prevent teams from manipulating the RPI for desirable tournament seeds late in the season.
This week will be a big change for the Lady Broncos. After playing eight games last week, they have only one this week. They host South Sevier in a Region 12 matchup Thursday, October 17.
Although she’s normally not a fan of a light week, Keyes said her team could use the break. San Juan will be without junior Sadie Brown due to injury and other players are banged up as well.
She said the team would like to get everybody back to 100 percent by the time the state tournament begins in a couple weeks.
Players will need to step up for the shorthanded Lady Broncos for the time being.
The game against South Sevier begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, and the team will wear pink to promote breast cancer awareness.