A wall of Carbon Blue at the net. Amanda Freestone and Sarah Potts go up for a block on ALA. Both players were a force at the net with 14 kills. Frestone added seven serving aces as well.
A little over a year ago, in route to trying to go undefeated in region action, ALA came to town and upset the highly ranked Lady Dinos.
However, on Tuesday evening Carbon left no doubt who was the better team this year with a three set sweep of ALA. The final scores were 25-20, 25-21 and 27-25.
Carbon came out hard and fast in the first set with tough serving, but a mid game lull let the Eagles climb back in. However the Lady Dinos still easily won the first set.
ALA made some adjustments during the break and game two stayed much closer. The Eagles even had the lead a few times, but Carbon pulled ahead at the end for good and were sitting in a favorable spot at 2-0 as they headed to the final set.
The Lady Dinos seemed to struggle in the final game of the set. They were a little out of sync and made some hitting errors, but kept the game in hand until ALA made a surge at the end. When the Eagles served and went up 24-22, the sweep looked in jeopardy. Carbon forced the turnover and went up 25-24 before losing the serve. Tied at 25, ALA did not capitalize and Carbon scored the final two points to take the win in front of a small, but boisterous crowd.
Amanda Freestone was the Lady Dino that ALA hated to see rotate to the serving line. Freestone sent seven aces over and many of her other serves were difficult for the Eagles to handle. She was damaging on the net as well with 14 kills. Sara Potts also jammed 14 kills over the net in the win. Kacylia Ivory was a force against the Eagles attack with 20 digs and Alexis Oliver handled 33 assists as Carbon secured the win.
Carbon player Jennee Martinez was all smiles after the match.
"We did well, but our energy level could have been higher," she said. "We lost our focus, but we pulled back together and won."
A equally happy Coach Bob Potts had about the same thing to say.
"ALA kept hanging in there," he noted. "We would surge ahead and they kept coming. We had a let up or two. Its home coming week and there are a lot of distractions. But they battled through them. We will face the same thing Thursday when we play Union."
Carbon will take on the Union Cougars at 6:30 at the Carbon High gym on Thursday night.