ST. GEORGE – The Desert Hills Thunder were the only Region 9 volleyball team in action Thursday, hosting 5A West in their home opener. Hurricane had its season opener on Wednesday night. Below are the game summaries for both contests:
West 3, Desert Hills 2
After taking the initial set, the Thunder fell back 2-1 as the Lady Panthers grabbed the next two. Desert Hills won the fifth to send it into a fifth and deciding set. After the first set, the four remaining were decided by three points or less with West taking home a big road victory, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 15-12.
The first set, the teams stayed close until midway through, when Allie Beck scored five straight points with her serve to open up a six-point lead, 19-13. Madison Clark tacked on three more with her service to get to 24-17 before the set closed out on a side-out.
In the second set, the Lady Panthers went on a run, breaking open an 8-8 tie. Before Desert Hills could regroup, the Thunder were facing a 15-9 deficit. But D-Hills crept back into the match, gaining a few points on the service of Beck and Kylee Christensen. But the deficit was too great to overcome and Desert Hills went down 25-23.
The third set was again tight throughout. West grabbed a six-point advantage late, 21-15. Again Beck brought Desert Hills back and the Thunder actually tied the game at 24-24 before succumbing 26-24.
Facing elimination, the Lady Thunder stepped up in the fourth set. This time DH took the lead late behind the service of Clark and Elisa George, 24-19. After a side-out, West scored two more to make it interesting, but the match went to a fifth set, 25-22.
The Thunder drop to 0-2 and will play next Aug. 31 when they open region play against Cedar at home.
Panguitch 3, Hurricane 0
“I thought we came out really strong and we saw some really good moments,” said Hurricane head coach Content Marshall. “It was great to gauge where we are at to start the season.”
Kena Carter had six kills and five blocks. Hailey Homer led the team with 11 assists and had four kills and two service aces.
Hurricane (0-1) will now compete this weekend in the Dixie Fly High Tournament.
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