Shelby Cornforth, right, and Celeste Smith, left, team up to try and block a kill attempt by Uintah on Thursday evening. Despite being down 2-1, the Lady Dinos fought back winning the fourth set to force a fifth and final deciding set before falling to Uintah after a back and forth battle.
A late game rally for the Carbon High Lady Dinos volleyball team came up just short as Uintah handed the Lady Dinos with a loss in a five set thriller on Thursday evening.
After falling behind 2-1, the Lady Dinos bounced back with a strong fourth set win that opened the stage for the fifth and final set. The Lady Dinos jumped out to an early lead but Uintah took advantage of some Carbon errors to take a lead midway through the set.
The final set saw a bit of everything including one play that CHS head coach Danielle Jensen said she will remember for some time. Carbon High's Katee Martinez, the team's libero, went flying across the court for a dig after a Uintah kill attempt. While a teammate was able to get the dig, the ball went straight up into the air just above Martinez. With no other teammate able to get to the ball in time, Martinez never flinched as she watched the ball fall right down to her as she lay on the court. Her set went back to her teammates who were able to keep the volley going as the Carbon bench and the crowd roared in amazement. Despite all of the work, Uintah finished off the volley with a kill towards the back of the Lady Dino defense.
"I've never seen anything like it before," said Jensen of Martinez's unique play. "She's always in the right spot for us it seems."
Uintah took a commanding lead but the Lady Dinos strung together a couple of points to make the game interesting. After a Uintah called a timeout with the lead cut to 14-8, Jordan Scoggins' serve came up short hitting the hit, giving Uintah the set and match win.
While the loss was hard for the Lady Dinos to absorb, Jensen said the result should benefit the team as they prepare for Region 12 play.
"This loss hurt because the girls put so much of their heart into it," Jensen said "but the girls got a good idea of what they need to do in these kinds of games come region play."
The Lady Dinos are quickly becoming no strangers to five set games as they have played their fair share this season. Jensen said it's nerve-wracking to play through it with a young team that is still coming together early in the season.
"With the fifth set, everything has to be perfect if you want to come away with the win," she explained. "We're making progress but we're still a young team and we make young mistakes."
Carbon has one more non-region game as the team will travel to play Bear River on Tuesday (Sept. 17) for a game at 6 p.m. The team will then return home to start Region 12 against North Sanpete on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m.