Region opener test for Lady Dinos
An emotional letdown after an intense match against North Sanpete forced the Lady Dinos to go five sets against a weaker Park City team on Thursday night.
Park City's coach acknowledged his team was playing at their best, Carbon's coach admitted his team may not have been. But in the end Carbon came away with the win; 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 22-25, 15-12.
"The match was basically Carbon winning the odd number games and then struggling with the even number ones. Thank goodness there are three odd numbered games," remarked Carbon Coach Bob Potts.
Many of the Lady Dinos stepped up with good performances to contribute to the win.
Set one was the best game for the Lady Dinos as they put down 14 kills and hit .273. Sophomore Kayleigh Potts lead the team with seven kills out of eight attempts for the set win. Potts finished the night with nine kills.
Senior outside hitter Sara Potts was the workhorse for the match as she was 35 percent of the offense and finished with 17 kills. She combined that with a great defensive effort that included 30 digs which helped keep the Dinos close in set two. In set three it was senior setter Alexis Oliver who delivered the ball on the money to help earn her 38 assists for the match. Oliver racked up three aces and contributed to the defense with 14 digs for the match.
In set four, junior outside hitter, Darian Latimer had her first varsity start. She teamed up with Kacylia Ivory and combined defensively for 30 digs. Ivory had 17 and Latimer was credited with 13. Latimer also had two aces. Ivory was served at 28 times and consistently started the offense off with near perfect three option passing.
As set five started Carbon hitters committed four straight errors forcing a quick time out from the coach trying to stop obvious bad start. After the time out a fifth hitting error made the score 5-0 in favor of Park City.
Carbon forced a much needed side out and then scored four straight points. This seemed to renew the team and both squads evened at five. Park City then held a two point edge up to the 7-9 score. Carbon battled back behind junior Amanda Freestone who put a solo block up on Park City's Libero and then had great middle hits to tie the score at 12-12. Freestone finished the match with 11 kills.
"It was all Carbon after this point as the first region match was much harder than expected," summed up Coach Potts. "In some ways it was good we had to go five sets. We have not done that this season and I told the girls that. They began to refocus and dug deep to make a come back and get the win. We did not adjust to some things on the court like we should have and it made it a tougher match than it should have been. But we got the win and that is the important thing."
The Lady Dinos will take on American Leadership Academy at home on Tuesday night with Varsity start at 6:30 p.m.