Region 9 volleyball: No place like home for local teams

Pine View vs. Kanab, Volleyball, St. George, Utah, Sept. 1, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

With region play beginning in less than two weeks, Region 9 teams are improving and getting stronger. This week Region 9 teams were 4-1 against non-region opponents. Below are the game results:

Pine View 3, Kanab 1

pine-view-logoOn Thursday, the Lady Panthers beat Kanab in four sets 25-12, 19-25, 25-20, 25-12. Cyndee McGuire and Aubrey Hendrickson led the team with 18 and 12 kills, respectively. Emily Lantor and Cassidy Murdock each had five service aces. Murdock also had 48 assists. Kiara Rivas led the team with 11 digs.

Pine View's Emily Lantor (29), Pine View vs. Kanab, Volleyball, St. George, Utah, Sept. 1, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News
Pine View’s Emily Lantor (29), Pine View vs. Kanab, Volleyball, St. George, Utah, Sept. 1, 2016, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Pine View improves to 12-7 with the win. The Lady Panthers will face Hurricane on Sept. 15 to begin region play.

Desert Hills 3, Richfield 0

The Lady Thunder swept Richfield 25-14, 25-12, 25-21. Rachel Winters and Charity Bradley led the team with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Hailee Harmer and Saselah Goulding recorded 15 and 10 assists. Winters also led the team with 12 digs. Bradley and Maddie Clark had nine and eight digs respectively.

desert-hills-logo“I am happy with how we played tonight,” said Desert Hills head coach Jill Swaney. “We are starting to gel as a team. There are still a few weaknesses we are working on, but small improvements are being made in the areas where we are focusing.”

Desert Hills improves to 8-2 with the win. The Thunder will face Canyon View next week before facing Dixie on Sept. 15.

Snow Canyon 3, Canyon View 0

Snow Canyon won in straight sets over the Lady Falcons 25-16, 25-21, 25-18. Sammi Johnston and Ally Dunston led the team with eight and seven kills, respectively. Camryn Johnson led the team with 19 assists and three service aces. Maddi Esplin led the team with 13 digs.

snow-canyon-logo“I’m really proud of the way the girls responded to the adversity we experienced last weekend,” said Warrior head coach Ryan Rarick. “It would have been easy to hang our heads and let fear and doubt overcome us, but that didn’t happen. We focused a lot this week on visualizing positive outcomes, and that ‘brain training’ really paid off tonight.”

Snow Canyon will face Bishop Gorman next before entering region play. “I am really happy where we are heading into region,” said Rarick. “Our record is not great but we are being challenged and the girls have responded well to the challenges.

The Lady Warriors improve to 2-7 and will begin region play against Cedar on Sept. 15.

Juab 3, Cedar 1

The Lady Reds fell to Juab 25-22, 18-25, 25-15, 25-15. Katelyn Armstrong led the team with six kills. Kylee Field led the team with 15 assists and contributed five digs. Shaun Bauman led the team with 18 digs. Dream Weaver led the team with two service aces and contributed five kills and 12 digs.

cedar-logo“Kylee Field was a true leader tonight in attitude,” said Cedar head coach Nicole Anglin. “She was positive and encouraging throughout. Inconsistency in the passing game led to our demise. We need to pick up our intensity level in order to compete in region. We are meshing better as a team and making necessary in-game adjustments.”

The loss drops Cedar to 4-2. The Lady Reds will play next against Snow Canyon on Sept. 15.

Cedar 3, Canyon View 0 (Tuesday)

Cedar overcame a hard-fought, first-set loss to beat their crosstown rival Lacy Falcons 27-29, 25-22, 25-20, 25-15. Kylie Beatty led the way with 15 kills. Dream Weaver led Cedar with 23 digs. Kyliee Field led with 25 assists. Shaun Bauman and Field had double-digit digs with 11 and 10 respectively.

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