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Hawks pull first region win out from under Lady Dinos

Carbon's Shaylie Jones (14) dives for a dig to keep the ball alive during an intense volley as North Sanpete and Carbon battled hard in the first region match of the season. Carbon fell in five sets to North Sanpete.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

It has been a while since North Sanpete and Carbon were in the same region, but Thursday night's volleyball region opener was like a step back in time.

It was two fierce competitors going at it and unfortunately the Hawks were the ones that came out with the win after five sets.

Carbon lost the five set match after winning the first and third sets. The scores were 25-18, 17-25, 25-23, 23-25 and 5-15.

The Lady Dinos had the Hawks on the ropes in game four before North Sanpete made a late run and stole that game. It was all Hawks in the final set.

The Hawks took the lead in the first set, but it was a determined Dino squad that made a great come from behind effort to take game one.

In set two the Dinos let themselves again fall behind, but this time they could not make up enough ground to overcome the deficit.

In the third set it was the Lady Dinos who came out hot. They took a quick lead but lost it late in the game as the two teams slugged it out. Carbon had one final run and went up 2-1 in the match.

Momentum continued in set four for Carbon, but they stalled a little late. The score went back and fourth in the final points and the Dinos watched the match winning game slip away. It was North Sanpete who took the fourth set win and caught fire in the final game.

The Lady Dinos found themselves struggling to find any rhythm as the final set was all Hawks.

Amanda Freestone led the Carbon offensive attack with 14 kills.

Jennee Martinez scooped up 23 defensive digs and Shaylie Jones had 30 set assists for the Lady Dinos.

Coach Bob Potts was a bit disappointed in the loss, but felt like it was a great effort by his team.

He gave the Hawks a lot of credit and said he saw two heavy weights slugging it out on the court and North Sanpete wanted it just a bit more than the Lady Dinos.

He felt sorry for his girls because he knows how hard they worked. He told them in a post game huddle that they were playing at a level they needed to.

They need to keep it up and maybe keep getting just a bit better as the season progresses, Potts said after the game.

It is only the third varsity game of the season so he is confident they are heading in the right direction.

Carbon has a couple more preseason games in Grand and Blanding before heading to Juab today to resume region action.

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