The Lyman High School boys volleyball team extended its unbeaten streak to 56 games over the past two seasons Thursday as they swept Oviedo 25-17, 29-27, 25-21 in the District 1 title game.
The defending state champions crawled out of a 19-11 deficit to tie the second game at 22-all behind aces from Gary Baker, multiple kills by Zach Rynning and Stash Kiersnowski, and a block at the net by Preston Geyer and Cisco Torres.
Oviedo scored the next two points on a finish by Hunter Stueber and an ace by Noah Slage before Wayne Noon and Kiersnowski tied the match again on kills. Three more ties would be broken from there, the last of which were winners at the net by Rynning and Noah Roman.
“They played the exact same way to start that match as they did in the semifinal,” Lyman coach Russel Williams said. “We started slow in the second one, but they’ve got a lot of experience and were able to come back around and win it for us.”
The third set was evenly played until three errors by Oviedo and an ace by Rynning broke a 17-17 tie and gave Lyman (25-0) the lead for good.
A block at the net by Noon and Kyle Reid put the Greyhounds out front 16-15 in the first set, which was followed by an Oviedo error and point scored by Rynning, to give Lyman all it needed to get out an early lead on its home court.
Rynning finished with 15 kills while Kiersnowski added 13. Chad Burkhart tallied 14 digs and Roman dished out 38 assists.
“We’ve got a lot of kids on the court that can put a ball away so it’s pretty easy to spread the ball around, that way [opposing teams] can’t key up on one guy and try to stop him,” Williams said.
Lyman won their first state title since 2004 a year ago with a 31-0 record.