Dixie's Ella Burrows (24) battles Pine View's Megan Hintze at the net, Pine View vs. Dixie, Volleyball, St. George, Utah, Oct. 20, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
ST. GEORGE — The Dixie Flyers moved up in the standings with a win against Pine View while Hurricane and Cedar saw their volleyball seasons come to an end at the hand of the two front-runners, Snow Canyon and Desert Hills Tuesday night in Region 9 volleyball action.
Dixie 3, Pine View 2
Dixie avenged an earlier season loss to the Pine View Panthers 25-22, 25-27, 18-25, 25-23, 16-14.
“Our first match this year also went five sets,” said Dixie head coach Stacy Leavitt. “We had that loss in the back of our minds. We have been challenging the girls to finish. We always jump out to lead early only to see those leads evaporate. Tonight we were able to close out a tight match against a quality opponent.”
The Panthers took the second and third sets to shift momentum in their favor.
“In the team huddle I told the girls to stay focused,” said Leavitt. “I told them if we played like we practice, we would win. We tried to keep them focused on one point at a time, and not the big picture.”
With the win, the Flyers now pull even with Pine View for third place in the region by matching the earlier Panther victory. Leavitt explained the team strategy coming in.
“We wanted to set up solid blocks and to be selective on our attacks. Our libero, Hannah Nyberg, played exceptional in the passing game. Brooklyn Wright did a great job setting up our outside hitters, Katie Fisher and Lauren Beatty.”
Fisher and Beatty recorded 17 and 8 kills respectively. Nyberg led the Flyers with 19 digs. Dixie moves to 5-4 in region and 10-10 overall. The Flyers will play their final season game Thursday night at Snow Canyon. Pine View also stands at 5-4, 18-11 overall. They will travel to Desert Hills on Thursday night.
Desert Hills 3, Cedar 1
Cedar was able to even the match by winning the second set, but the Thunder rebounded to take the next two. The final score was 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-14.
For Desert Hills, Rachel Winters recorded a double-double with 17 kills and 13 digs. She also had five service aces. Hailee Tanner had 30 assists and 10 digs. Madison Clark led the team with five blocks. Tiera Orr and Kaylee Carter also had double figures in digs with 15 and 12 respectively.
For Cedar, Ashley Vanfleet had a double-double with 15 kills and 14 digs. Ashlyn Ogden and Natalie Evans had seven kills apiece. Kylie Field led the team with 34 assists. The Thunder move to 7-2 in Region 9 and 10-3 overall. They will host Pine View on Thursday. Cedar’s season is complete. They ended tied for fifth in region at 1-9 and had an overall record of 9-12.
Snow Canyon 3 Hurricane 0
The Warriors stayed undefeated in region with a sweep over the Tigers, 25-14, 25-8, 25-10.
Individually, Crash Parker had 26 kills and nine digs. Nikenna Durante had 16 digs and five service aces. Camryn Johnson and Shaylee Reed had 22 and 10 assists, respectively.
For the Tigers, Carrie Marshall had six kills and four digs. Kansas Lytle had seven digs and Gordan Lynn Sefita had six assists.
The Warriors will host Dixie on Thursday night. Hurricane’s season is complete. They tied Cedar for fifth in region at 1-9 and were 2-13 overall.