After a thrashing of Park City on Tuesday another region match up at American Leadership Academy awaited the Dinos on Thursday. The Dino team collected their second region match win over ALA three sets to one. Rachel Scoggins lead the way with 14 kills, 20 defensive digs, 4 service aces, and 2 solo blocks. Two other players also reached double digits in kills as Sara Potts had 12 and Amanda Freestone had 11. Alexis Oliver dished out 40 assists and when not busy delivering great sets she played a good defense and dug up 13 digs. Three other players were also in double digit digs; Kacylia Ivory 24, Sara Potts with 29.
There was a small let down in set 2 as the Dinos let one set get away. But set 3 and 4 was all Carbon as they dominated and closed out the match with the region win and staying in first place.
Carbon - 25 24 25 25 - 3
ALA - 21 26 13 17 - 1
Friday and Saturday the Dinos participated in a 32- Team Tournament at the Utah Classic hosted by West High School in Salt Lake City. Friday the format was pool-play with three other teams at East High School. Scoring was two out of three sets for the win and the top two teams from pool-play advance to a modified double elimination tournament on Saturday at West High. First opponent is the state's number one overall ranked team and three-time defending 4A state champs, Snow Canyon out of St. George. Their team resembles a college team with height and quickness. The Dino team did not play bad but only got few opportunities to run any offense as the defense could not find the ball to get any transition going. Rachel Scoggins was one bright spot as she hit .400 with 4 kills in the two set match.
Carbon - 13 10 - 0
Snow Canyon - 25 25 - 2
Match two in pool-play was against another 4A team. The Bonneville Lakers are from Region 5, and is sitting in 3rd place in the Region. The Dinos had played the Laker's club team several times before and were familiar with the players. A close first set and the Dinos fall just short but dominate the next two sets as the team looked sharp hitting .429 in the third set and (.219) overall. Rachel Scoggins still on a roll pounds down 7 kills (.357) and gets offense help from Sara Potts 6 kills (.111), Amanda Freestone (231) and Kayleigh Potts (.444), 5 kills each. Great team effort as Kacylia Ivory collects 7 digs and Alexis Oliver dishes 18 assists and 3 service aces. BreAnna Hurdsman serves tough and plays good defense up front on the right side stopping the opponent's hitters.
Carbon - 23 25 15 - 2
Bonneville - 25 15 7 - 1
Last match of pool-play saw the Dinos face off against 3A Region 11 team Bear River, they are currently in 5th place in their region. Sara Potts takes over the hot hand for Scoggins and leads out with 7 kills. Carbon dismissed Bear River and took 2nd place in the pool and qualified for the gold back tournament at West High.
Carbon - 25 25 - 2
Bear River - 23 18 - 0
The first opponent was Olympus High out of 4A Region 6. Carbon jumped out to a quick lead and then held on for the 1st set win. The second set was a complete turnaround as the Dinos could not get anything going and only scored 10 points. With a renewed effort and determination the Carbon girls jumped out quickly in set three and didn't look back as they picked up a first round win. Amanda Freestone collected 9 kills, 2 service aces, 1 solo block and 2 block assists.
Carbon - 25 10 15 - 2
Olympus - 22 25 12 - 1
Second round matchup was against another 4A school from Region 5. Sky View High is currently undefeated in their region and sitting in 1st place. The two sets were tight the whole way with lead changes and neither team claiming a large lead. This was truly a great team effort by the Dinos as one player went down with a sprained ankle and other players received opportunities and came through to help secure the win. All 13 players on the team contributed to the win. Rachel Scoggins leads with 4 kills and 3 service aces and 8 digs. Kacylia Ivory gets double digit digs with 10. Kayla Strong and Jennee Martinez assist Kacylia with strong defensive performances. Darian Latimer helped keep the Carbon team ahead with solid strong serves. With the win the Dino team made it to the semi-finals and could take no worse than 4th place out of 32 teams.
Carbon - 25 26 - 2
Skyview - 21 24 - 0
The semi-final matchup is against Lehi High whose starting 6' 6" sophomore middle blocker is the daughter of Utah Jazz's Thurl Bailey and can put the ball down. Carbon gave it their all but could not maintain the same level Lehi is playing. The Dinos have 3 players with 3 kills each but the quicker Lehi team advances to the championship match and Carbon will play for third/fourth.
Lehi - 25 25 - 2
Carbon - 12 18 - 0
The third/fourth match gives the Dinos a second chance to play Snow Canyon. Snow Canyon received their first match loss of the season to a tough Morgan team. The Carbon girls, still intimidated from the night before, put up little resistance. Overall the team was satisfied with their 4th place finish and placed higher than the last attempts since coming to this tournament. Morgan went on to beat Lehi in a thriller. Each team had won one set and the third set was supposed to go to 15 but neither team would back down. Morgan out lasts Lehi and wins it 33-31.
Snow Canyon - 25 25 - 2
Carbon - 17 4 - 0
The Carbon team learned a lot from this tournament and will look forward to next Tuesday's match up at Union High in Roosevelt. A win there and the path will be set for a show down between Wasatch and Carbon for first place in Region 10 the following Tuesday. Carbon will also be very busy next week participating in Richfield in the 16 team Sevier Valley Tournament Friday and Saturday.