Prep volleyball: Local teams use tourney settings to prep for region

File photo from 3A State Volleyball Tournament, Orem, Utah, Oct. 28, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Three Region 9 teams were in action this weekend with mixed results. Desert Hills and Pine View played impressively in their respective venues while Snow Canyon got much needed experience for its young and inexperienced team. The formats for all teams were best of three instead of regular season best of five. Below are the results from this weekend:

Pine View (8-2 tournament record) 13-7 overall

pine-view-logoThe Panthers played 10 matches and wound up as the runner-up in the elite Platinum bracket at the Dixie Tournament. Both losses were to Monticello, once in pool play and the other in the championship match.

“Cydnee McGuire played outstanding in the tournament,” said Pine View head coach Kelly Murdock. “She averaged 15 kills per match. Cassidy Murdock was solid at setter. She led the team in points scored per match and in assists. We are starting to gel as a team and other players are starting to rise to their potential.”

Pine View will host Kanab this Thursday.

Desert Hills (6-2 tournament record) 7-2 overall

The Lady Thunder went north and participated in the Wasatch Festival. The Region 9 preseason favorite played several upper class teams.

desert-hills-logo“It was a good opening tournament,” said Desert Hills head coach Jill Swaney. “We played some of the best competition in the state. We were able to figure out our strengths and the weak areas we need to work on.”

The Thunder losses were against 5A schools American Fork and Pleasant Grove. Two of Desert Hills’ wins came against 4A teams Mountain View and Springville.

Charity Bradley and Rachel Winters led the team in kill average, getting 16 per set between them. Hailee Harmer and Saselah Goulding shared honors in assists.

Snow Canyon (0-6 tournament record) 1-7 overall

Snow Canyon also participated in the Wasatch Festival this weekend. They were unable to come out on top in any of their matches.

snow-canyon-logo“We are obviously disappointed that we could not come away with a victory in the tournament,” said Warrior head coach Ryan Rarick. “We faced some very skilled teams. We were able to identify areas of focus for practice and we feel like we came away better prepared for upcoming region play.”

The majority of Snow Canyon’s games were against 5A and 4A schools.

Sammi Johnston and Ally Dunston led the team in kills. Camryn Johnson led the team in assists. Another bright spot was the serving from Maddi Esplin.

The Lady Warriors will host Canyon View this Thursday.

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