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Summit Academy Hosts Volleyball Tournament

Dec 07, 2015 11:36AM ● By Greg James

By Greg James

South Valley - Charter schools from across the Wasatch Front converged on Summit Academy High School in Bluffdale for the charter school state coed volleyball championship.

The Utah Charter and Small School Athletic League hosted its annual state volleyball tournament Oct. 26-28. Teams representing 16 schools participated in the tournament. Lincoln Academy from Pleasant Grove showed why it had not lost a game all season and emerged as the champion.

The purpose of the UCSSAL is to administer and supervise interscholastic athletics among its member schools. Students enrolled in sixth through ninth grades can participate in coed volleyball, cross country running, boys and girls basketball and soccer throughout the school year.

Lincoln, Syracuse Arts Academy, Channing Hall (Draper) and Early Light Academy (South Jordan) entered the tournament as the top seeds. They had only lost one game between them before the three-day tournament began. 

The 30 represented charter schools were divided into four competing divisions. Teams from south valley schools competed in the central division. Summit Academy Bluffdale and Draper, Providence Hall, Channing Hall, North Star Academy (Bluffdale) and American Preparatory (Draper) are member schools.

Channing Hall went undefeated during the regular season. The won 14 regular season matches before the state playoffs. They defeated Arches (Orem) and Ascent Farm (Farmington) to advance to the tournament semifinals. They lost to Syracuse for the opportunity to play in the finals. They finished fourth overall.

North Star Academy advanced with a first round victory over Freedom. American Preparatory lost to Maeser in the first round of the tournament.

Providence Hall finished the regular season with a 6-8 record, Summit Academy Draper 5-9 and Summit Bluffdale was 1-13. They all failed to qualify for the tournament.

The UCSSAL follows Utah High School rules. The athletic league promotes sportsmanship and safe competition. Their mission statement reaffirms the importance athletics are in the development of skills needed to become contributing members of society.