Duchesne Volleyball Program Sees Success from Middle School through Varsity

The varsity volleyball team competed at the TAPPS State Tournament for the ninth year in a row, and the eighth grade team finished as semi-finalists in the HJPC Conference Tournament.

The Duchesne Academy volleyball program had an outstanding season this year with dominant performances by the top teams in both the Upper School and Middle School.

The varsity team began their season strong, winning first place in the Covenant Christian Tournament back in August. The Chargers dominated play throughout the tournament and capped off the weekend with a 25-6 set victory in their final match to win the tournament.

The team continued to have a strong season with victories against several key opponents, including district rivals IWA and The Village School. The Chargers notched another key win over The Village School when they won 3-1 in the second round of District 4-6A Tournament, setting up Duchesne to face off against IWA again. The Chargers defeated IWA 3-2 to earn a place in the TAPPS 6A State Tournament. This tournament berth marked the ninth year in a row that the Chargers have made it to State.

The varsity team traveled to Concordia Lutheran High School, along with two busloads of Charger fans, to play in the first round of the State Tournament. The Chargers played with pride and fought for every point, but in the end, they were defeated and did not advance in the tournament.

"Throughout the season, this varsity team consistently displayed grit and perseverance," said Athletic Director Rob Bagley. "The girls were strong role models to our younger student-athletes, whom we hope will be inspired to approach athletics and academics with these same qualities."

In fact, the younger athletes on the eighth-grade volleyball team had one of their best seasons on record. The team beat several key district rivals throughout the season and earned a second place finish at the Bellaire Tournament in September.

The eighth-grade team ended their season as semi-finalists in the HJPC Conference Tournament and had a dominating season, going 10-2 overall.