Region 9 volleyball: D-Hills wins big; Cedar surprises Snow Canyon

Desert Hills vs. Pine View, Volleyball St. George, UT, Sept. 12, 2017, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – There was a shakeup at the top of the Region 9 standings. Cedar High’s Lady Reds shocked everybody but themselves by beating Snow Canyon on the road in four sets. Desert Hills and Canyon View won in straight sets over Pine View and Hurricane, but with each set the score got increasingly tighter. Below are game summaries of Tuesday night’s action:

Desert Hills 3, Pine View 0

The Lady Thunder overcame a 22-15 deficit in the final set to get the sweep of Pine View 25-11, 25-20, 30-28.

“We were down late, but were able to tie it at 24,” Desert Hills head coach Sharon Christensen said. “Our girls got determined and displayed grit in the comeback.”

Desert Hills’ Elisa George (8), Desert Hills vs. Pine View, Volleyball St. George, UT, Sept. 12, 2017, | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Saselah Goulding’s service brought the team from 24-20 after a side-out and knotted the score. The teams traded side-outs until Andie Sonju was able to close out the match on her service.

Individually for Desert Hills, Allie Beck led the team with 13 kills. Andie Sonju and Goulding had 16 and 12 assists, respectively. Recording double-digit digs were Madi Clark (18), Hallie Sonju (14) and Andie Sonju (13). Goulding led the team with four service aces while the Sonju sisters had three apiece.

For the Lady Panthers, Addyson Mikkelson, Saraven Allen and Amelia Goebel each had six kills. Celeste Fiame led the team with 24 assists. Recording double-digit digs were Emily Lantor (13) and Mikkelson (11).

Desert Hills moves to 6-5 overall and 2-1 in region play. The Lady Thunder will travel to Snow Canyon on Thursday night. Pine View falls to 1-3 in Region 9 and 15-8 overall. The Lady Panthers will travel to Canyon View on Thursday night.

Cedar 3, Snow Canyon 1

In the upset of the night, Cedar stole one from the Lady Warriors to shake up the Region 9 standings. After getting crushed in the first set, the Lady Reds won the final three by slim margins 10-25, 30-28, 25-22, 25-23.

“We have won a couple of first sets this year against good teams like Desert Hills and Canyon View,” said Cedar head coach Nicole Anglin. “We came in with a good game plan and we made some in-game adjustments. But after we won the second set, I told the girls we got over the hump. We can do impossible things now. And they went out and played great.”

Japrix Weaver led the team with 12 kills. Dream Weaver and Bailee Fielding had six kills each. Shaun Bauman led the team with 16 digs. Denim Henkel had 22 assists.

2017 Cedar Lady Reds

“We played a great all-around game,” Anglin said. “Henkel ran the offense superbly. Our defense started the match with a great block at the net and we had great defenders in the back row. Shaun Bauman, Dream Weaver and Britnie Simcox came up with some timely digs.”

While the stats for both teams were nearly identical for the match, Snow Canyon’s attack percentage decreased sharply after the first set. After hitting .36 in set one, they averaged .08 over the final three sets. The Lady Warriors had only three attack errors in the first set and 44 over the final three sets.

“We need to work on closing out games,” Snow Canyon head coach Ryan Rarick said. “I give credit to Cedar, who came down and battled relentlessly. Our team was a bit lethargic, especially after the big first set win. We will use this as a learning experience and apply it very quickly, since we have another big match coming up on Thursday (against Desert Hills). Tonight shows the parity that exists in our region – anybody can beat anybody else on any given night.”

For the Lady Warriors, Sammi Johnston led the team with 21 kills and 19 digs. Also finishing with double-digit digs were Jael Wilde (15) and Addie Tauanuu (12). Tauanuu and Eliza Gibson finished with 21 and 14 assists, respectively.

With the win, Cedar improves to 1-2 in Region 9 and 7-6 overall. The Lady Reds will host Dixie on Thursday night. Snow Canyon suffers its first region loss (3-1) and falls to 7-7 overall. The Lady Warriors will host Desert Hills on Thursday night.

Canyon View 3, Hurricane 0

The Lady Falcons swept Hurricane 25-15, 25-18, 25-23. The Lady Tigers were plagued with errors most of the night.

“We need to figure out how to take care of things on our side of the net,” Hurricane head coach Content Marshall said. “Our setter has been playing hurt and we have had to make adjustments. We got better as the night progressed.”

Through all three sets, the teams stayed relatively even through the first half of each set. In all three sets, the teams were close until both teams scored into double digits. In the first two sets, the teams were tied 10-10, while in the third Hurricane held a slim 11-10 advantage.

In set one, two consecutive service aces by Canyon View’s Malia Vasi gave the Falcons a 14-11 lead. Moments later, Lorien Colbert’s attack from the right side landed to give Canyon View a 20-12 lead. Brielle Fullmer nailed a kill on set point to close out 25-15.

2017 Canyon View Falcons

In the second set, Vasi got CVHS out to a 4-0 lead on her service. Hurricane came back behind the service of Amanda Phillips to tie the match 4-4. The teams then went back and forth until they were tied at 10-10. Brielle Fullmer’s service ace gave the Falcons a 14-10 lead before Hurricane called a timeout. The lead grew to 16-10 before the Tigers could get a side-out. Canyon View maintained the six-point lead until 20-14. Hurricane pulled to 20-16 before another run by the Falcons.

A long rally ended with a diving dig by Vasi followed by a dump from setter Eowyn Colbert to get the score to 21-16. Vasi then drove the score to set point before Hurricane could get a side-out. Shortly after, the set point was scored on an attack error.

In the third set, Hurricane led through the opening moments. Canyon View eventually tied the game at 12-12 and then took a 15-12 lead. Kena Carter’s kill for the Lady Tigers ended the run. She later added a block to knot the teams again at 15-15. The two teams then engaged in several long volleys and see-sawed back and forth. The teams were tied at 18, 19, 20, 21 and 23. Canyon View head coach Monica Jensen called a late timeout, trailing 21-20.

“I told the girls that we needed to communicate better than we had been,” Jensen said. “We pulled away in the first two sets because we were in sync. We communicated better in the final moments of the third set.”

Hurricane then committed a service error and passing error that gave Canyon View the final two points it needed for the match.

Vasi led Canyon View with four service aces and 21 digs. Lorien Colbert led the team with nine assists and five kills. Kaylee Hopkins also had 21 assists. For the Lady Tigers, Abbie Elison led the team with 21 digs. Kena Carter and London Gubler led the team with 10 and nine kills, respectively.

Canyon View improves to 2-1 in Region 9 and 8-6 overall. The Lady Falcons will host Pine View on Thursday night. Hurricane falls to 0-4 in region and 4-8 overall. Hurricane will get a bye on Thursday night, then will resume region play by hosting Cedar next Tuesday.

REGION 9 VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS
1. Dixie 3-0 (8-2)
2. Snow Canyon 3-1 (7-7)
3. Canyon View 2-1 (8-6)
3. Desert Hills 2-1 (6-5)
5. Cedar 1-2 (7-6)
6. Pine View 1-3 (15-8)
7. Hurricane 0-4 (4-8)

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