Lady Dinos fall to Richfield
In a start very similar to last season, the Lady Dino volleyball team is now 0-2 in preseason action. They hosted Richfield on Tuesday night and lost in three sets 25-9, 25-21 and 25-19.
Richfield is considered one of the top teams in 3A this season with a very experienced line-up returning from last season. They only lost one senior to graduation last spring. Richfield took Morgan to five sets in last year's state semi-finals and placed third overall.
Carbon knew it would be a tough match and made some adjustments after the loss to Delta. Against Richfield they ran a 5-1 offense instead of the 6-2 they had before. Coach Bob Potts said he saw some big improvement in their ability to move the ball in this match.
Carbon came out strong and took a quick lead, but then went flat as Richfield reeled off six straight points. The home team only managed three more points as Richfield showed their strength.
Kacylia Ivory had seven digs on the defensive end but that wasn't enough to overcome seven errors and poor passing.
Carbon made their offensive change to the 5-1 and immediately there is was noticeable difference in the team. The Dinos grabbed a 10-8 lead, but Richfield stayed in the battle and it was a seesaw affair. Carbon went ahead 19-16 but Richfield came right back with six straight points and then kept the lead the rest of the way.
The hitting picked up as Carbon recorded nine kills spread out over six different players. Ivory added seven more digs. Amanda Freestone and Rachel Scoggins zipped over one ace each.
In the final set Richfield led early, but the Dinos clawed their way back in. Scoggins had her best hitting performance as she slammed six kills from the outside position. Alexis Oliver stepped up with nine assists. Ivory was solid again with another seven digs giving her 21 for the match.
Amanda Freestone helped the offense with six kills for the match. Sara Potts ended with five kills on the night and Scoggins had a total of seven.
Coach Bob Potts was happy with the direction his team is headed in.
"They were much improved over the Delta game," he said after the match, "They hadn't worked much on the 5-1 offense and I was pleased to see they responded so well when we changed things up."
The team heads to Grantsville on Thursday for another three game match.