ST. GEORGE – The initial match of Coach Alaina Parker’s final season began with a sweep of the visiting Cougars of Union High School Thursday night at The Jungle gymnasium.
After suffering through some hiccups (6 service errors) and taking the first set 25-20, the Warriors had all cylinders working in the second, cruising to a 25-9 win. The third set saw Coach Parker substitute liberally and the Warriors finished the match with a 25-18 score.
“This was our first game,” said Coach Parker. “(Union) has already played. We had some wrinkles and nerves to iron out. But once we got on track we played how I expected us to play.”
Union initiated the match with crisp passing and service aces to grab a 13-10 lead. The Warriors clawed back quickly to tie the match at 14-14 and then climb to a 19-16 lead. Good serving carried them to the end for the 25-20 result.
The Warriors put on a clinic in the second set. “Shaylee Reed played great,” said Coach Parker. “She hustled and set up our front line very well.”
Snow Canyon scored the first six points and jumped to a 14-4 lead. Crash Parker, who had 15 kills and seven service aces for the match, got her team four consecutive points on serve to give Snow Canyon an 18-5 advantage. The Warriors outscored their opponents 7-2 to finish the match.
In the third set, Coach Parker got in several reserves. Everyone that dressed got into the match.
“Right now we are without a libero,” said Crash Parker. “It was good that we got several of our defensive reserves quality minutes.”
The final two points of the match were characteristic of the Warriors play. Two blocks from Nila Fakahua scored the penultimate point. Nikenna Durante served out the match with an ace.
The Warriors will host Bishop Gorman (Nevada) on Sept. 9.
PANGUITCH 3 HURRICANE 1
Wedenesday, the Tigers began the season on the road at Panguitch and fell to the Bobcats. After taking the first set 25-21, Hurricane was on the losing end on the next three (25-12, 25-22, 25-20). Hurricane will open region play by hosting Desert Hills on Sept. 8.
ENTERPRISE 3 PINE VIEW 1
Earlier this week, the Panthers lost on the road at Enterprise. After winning the first set 25-19, Pine View lost the final three sets (25-22, 25-21, 25-11). Cassidy Murdock had 32 assists. Cierra Costa had nine kills and 15 digs. Natasha Fiame had nine kills and 19 digs.
Pine View will travel to Moapa Valley (Nev.) on Thursday, Sept. 3.
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