With the top team in region 12 play in town, the Carbon High Lady Dinos Volleyball team was faced with the tough task of trying to knock the rabbits from their perch atop the region.
While Delta tried to put the lights out on Carbon High in quick fashion, the Lady Dinos fought through to the end losing in three sets (19-25, 23-25, 26-28) on Thursday night.
After starting the season with five straight losses, Carbon came into Thursday's game on a three-game winning streak after posting wins against Juab, Payson and Spanish Fork.
Delta (10-3, 5-0 region 12) have long been a contender in the region, according to Carbon High head coach Bob Potts.
Carbon battled with Delta in all three sets, often getting down by a few points before battling back and making things close.
The second set was not without an interesting moment. Early in the second set, some of the lights in the gym went out causing a delay in the game.
"We were winning when the lights went out in that set," Potts quipped after the game.
Despite the unscheduled delay, Carbon was down 20-18 when Potts called a timeout to rally the team. It worked as Carbon fought back tying the set at 23-23 when senior Amanda Freestone scored a key kill after a long volley by both sides.
However, Delta was able to withstand the Carbon comeback as they eventually took the second set 25-23.
In the third set, Carbon and Delta again fought back and forth. The Rabbits, like previous two sets, jumped out to an early lead before Carbon began making a run. The Lady Dinos made Delta work hard for the victory as they tied the game at 23-23 and traded points through the finish of the game.
Carbon briefly took a lead in the game at 26-25, but they would get no closer as Delta scored three straight points to pull off the three-set sweep.
Freestone finished with 12 kills for the Lady Dinos. Senior Rachel Scoggins added nine kills. Senior Shaylie Jones had a team high 27 assists and Junior Libero Jennee Martinez had 14 digs.
Despite the outcome, Potts said he was pleased with the effort of his team against a top team in the region.
"We're playing at such a good level right now against a good team in Delta," he said. "We can't get down on ourselves when we get behind. We had a chance to win the third set, but we didn't get that final point."
Potts said the team will continue to work on finishing points in practice and not letting their opponents jump out to big leads.
"We have the right defense in place but sometimes we're just not getting to the ball quickly enough," he explained.
Carbon (3-6, 3-2 region 12) will be back on the court tonight as they travel to Mt. Pleasant for a game against North Sanpete. Carbon and North Sanpete currently sit in third and second place in the region respectively, so the game will be key for Carbon as they try to position themselves for a top finish to the season with five region games left.
"We expect to be there at the end," Potts said of being near the top of the region standings.