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Carbon volleyball opens region on track

Shaylee Donathan (24) sets the ball for a kill in the game against Delta. In the win against Park City she was a key player in a much improved Carbon offense.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Despite going 0-3 in preseason play, the Carbon Lady Dinos found the winning combination just in time to beat their first region opponent, Park City. It took Carbon four games to triumph over the Miners by the scores of 25-23, 25-18, 29-31 and 25-7.

The Dinos jumped out on top early in game one, but just like earlier in the week against Delta, they let Park City climb back in. Carbon held on to win and take the first game. The second set was all Dinos and they closed it out without the last minute drama.

Park City wasn't ready to quit and game three was an epic battle. Carbon found themselves down by as many as nine points, but fought back and forced the game past 25 until park City finally could close it out at 31 points. That win seemed to take the wind out of Park City and Carbon was quickly up 20-5 before they finished off the match with the lopsided victory.

Joy Malone was a monster on the nets with 27 kills. Tia Pappas stepped up her game and added 10 kills and 16 defensive digs. Shaylee Donathan and Alexis Oliver shared the setter duties. Donathan dished out 31 assists. Oliver moved into the setter spot and Kacylia Ivory took over the libero position. Ivory was able to scramble for 21 defensive digs.

Coach Bob Potts explained that he decided to make some line up adjustments before the region game. The moves paid off. In addition to moving Oliver from the libero spot to help out at setter, he had Merlinda Molinar shift from outside to middle offense. He was impressed with Ivory's leadership in the back court as she directed players from the libero spot.

"We are getting there. We still have things to work on, but this is a raw young team and they are really showing improvements."

Carbon has seven days to refine the new look before they take on Union in Roosevelt on Sept. 17.

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