ST. GEORGE — There will be plenty of hype and a lot of buzz around the region Thursday night as the undefeated matchup is set between Snow Canyon and Desert Hills. The two teams were winners Tuesday night, while Hurricane also grabbed a victory, moving them into a three-way tie for third place with Pine View and Dixie.
Here’s a recap of the night’s action:
Snow Canyon 3 Dixie 0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-16)
The Snow Canyon Warriors traveled across town to take on the Dixie Flyers and continued to dominate as they did in their first two matches. The Warriors swept Dixie 25-14, 25-23, 25-16.
Individually Region 9 preseason player of the year Crash Parker had 22 kills and 15 digs. Shaylee Reed led Snow Canyon with 24 assists. Nikenna Durante had five kills and 12 digs. Ally Dunston had four service aces.
For the Flyers, Katie Fisher had seven kills. DeAubrey Bowers and Tyler Stilson had five kills apiece. Abracia Peyton led Dixie with 14 digs.
Snow Canyon moves to 7-2 (3-0). Dixie falls to 6-8 (1-2). Snow Canyon will host its showdown with Desert Hills on Thursday. Dixie will travel to Hurricane to take on the Tigers.
Desert Hills 3 Pine View 1 (25-10, 25-14, 24-26, 25-18)
Pine View forced Desert Hills to go more than three games for the first time in region play. The Lady Thunder had swept their first two region opponents.
Individually, Rachel Winters led all players with 20 kills. Hailee Tanner led all players with 32 assists. Desert Hills remains undefeated at 6-0 (3-0). Pine View drops to 14-9 (1-2). On Thursday, Pine View will travel to Cedar. Desert Hills will go to Snow Canyon in the battle of region unbeatens to determine sole possession of first place.
Hurricane 3 Cedar 0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-19)
Cedar made the trip to Hurricane with both teams seeking their first win in region. The Tigers proved too much for the Lady Reds, taking the match in straight sets, 25-19, 25-20, 25-19.
In the first set, the two teams stayed close through the first part of the game. Both teams gave up points through service errors. Hurricane began to pull away after the teams had knotted it at 11-11. Carrie Marshall got five straight service points.
“We have really concentrated on cutting down on our service errors,” said Hurricane coach Nicole Koehler. “We stress to our girls that if we have just had a service error, the next person needs to get her serve in.”
After suffering through five service errors in the opening 10 serves of the first set, the Tigers only had two more the rest of the night with 11 aces. Hurricane took that cushion to the end winning the first set 25-19.
The second set saw the teams stay close throughout. Hurricane took the early lead and never gave it up, but Cedar stayed within 1-2 points until the score read 17-15. Carrie Marshall once again got three points on serve to increase the lead to five. It was enough as Hurricane finished the second set 25-20. The three seniors for Hurricane, Marshall, Ellie McDonald and Morgan Huntsman, all had timely kills at the end of the set.
“We have been working hard on serve and receive,” said McDonald. “That was the key tonight and I think our improvement showed.”
The third set saw Hurricane grab its biggest lead of the night 21-12. After a timeout from Cedar coach Nicole Anglin, Cedar cut into the lead but could get no closer than five points before succumbing 25-19.
“It is hard to see the positives in a loss,” said Anglin. “But we have been focusing on playing one point at a time without thinking of the end result of the match. Tonight the girls did that. They played better.”
Individually, Marshall had eight kills while McDonald, Sierra Davis, and Huntsman had six each. McDonald also had four blocks.
“It was nice to get our first win in region,” said Marshall. “I was on the team that won state two years ago. It has been difficult being the senior leader on this team after that experience. But helping in the development of the younger players and getting some wins along the way feels great. Our hard work is finally paying off.”
For Cedar, Ashley Vanfleet had 13 digs and 12 kills. Hannah Williams had nine digs. Kylie Field led the team with 18 assists.
Hurricane moves to 2-6, 1-2 in region play. Cedar falls to 7-6 (0-3). On Thursday Hurricane will host the Dixie Flyers while Cedar will host Pine View.
Region 9 Standings
1t. Desert Hills 3-0 6-0 overall
1t. Snow Canyon 3-0 7-2 overall
3t. Pine View 1-2 14-9 overall
3t. Dixie 1-2 6-8 overall
3t. Hurricane 1-2 2-6 overall
6. Cedar 0-3 7-6 overall
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