Volleyball coach Bob Potts has a young team that has few players that have made a trip to compete in the state tournament. With four games going side-by side at all times, it is a circus atmosphere in which to try and play and stay focused. For that reason, he scheduled his team to head south to play in the Sevier Valley tournament this last weekend so they could get a small taste of what it might be like.
On Friday his team stepped onto the court to play the top 2A school in the state. With all the noise and action swirling around them, they found it hard to get into the match and Grand took them down quickly. They regrouped a bit against a top 1A school, Piute, and took them to three sets before dropping their second match. Piute would eventually end up in the championship game. They then found their stride against 3A, Canyonview, and beat them in two sets.
On Saturday the team settled in and made fast work of Kanab, Beaver, North Sevier and South Sevier. Finally they ran into region rival Wasatch. The two teams wasted no time in pushing hard against each other. The Wasps took set one, Carbon set two and then Wasatch finished the match with a win.
Joy Malone had a stand out tournament, averaging five kills a match. She racked up an impressive 24 in the match with South Sevier.
For Coach Potts, even with a 10th place finish out of 16 teams, he felt like they walked away with positive results.
"The girls started out the tournament in shock and awe," he said. "We got to play in an atmosphere that is almost identical to the state play-offs and get them used to it before we reach that level. We also were reminded that unforced errors are our biggest problem, still. We got a chance to work some kinks out and have to continue to focus on that. The 1A schools were impressive. I hope it teaches our team they have to play hard no matter what team is on the other side of the net."
Tuesday night (tonight) is the final home match for the Lady Dinos this season. Coach Potts wants to encourage every one to come out and help honor the seniors in their final game. First serve against Wasatch will be at 6:30 p.m.