After a tough five-set loss to Summit County-rival North Summit last season in Coalville, the Park City High School volleyball team wanted to even the score on Thursday night at PCHS.
The Miners did just that, earning a straight-set victory, 27-25, 25-16, 25-17, in their last non-region match of the year.
Park City coach Ashley Driscoll said she was proud of the way her team rebounded from last year's difficult defeat.
"Last year we went to five sets with them and we lost by two in the fifth," she said. "I think the girls came in wanting to win this one."
She said the Miners played a good overall game, including a dominant second set, a set which has given the team problems so far this year.
"What we've been doing so far this season is we come out really strong in the first and the second is usually our worst game and we really fall apart," she said. "We really focused on this and I think we turned it around. This was the start to something different coming out strong and then building on it."
With the first set going into overtime before Park City was able to claim victory, Driscoll said the Braves gave the Miners quite a challenge.
"They had some strong hitters that were getting through us," she said. "They're really scrappy and they're a really good defensive team. They gave us a good fight."
Driscoll said she had her team trying some new things Thursday night.
"I think we had three people at the net at all times that were all threats," she said. "That's really exciting to see. And our communication was all there."
She added that serving, something that has given Park City trouble in early-season matches, was coming into form.
"Our serving picked up," she said. "We had a lot more girls jump-serving and being aggressive with it."
Overall, Driscoll is encouraged with the way PCHS is playing heading into the region portion of its schedule.
"That was a full team effort and it was really exciting to see," she said. "Sammee [Thomas] set a great match, Whitney [Wakefield] in the middle was killing it and so was Hailey [Whipple]. Our outsides, Tressa [Buckland] and Chrissy [Glasmann], were really putting the ball away."
Thomas ended the match with 36 assists to lead the Miners. Buckland had 12 kills and Wakefield added 11 kills and 10 blocks.
On Tuesday evening, Park City will travel to Vernal to take on Uintah. The Miners will host their first region match on Thursday, when Union visits PCHS.
Driscoll said she thinks the Miners can make some noise in region play if they keep working hard and improving.
"We're going to keep fine-tuning our offense," she said. "We tried some new things today and I think they were working, but we need to fine-tune it. We need to get our serving even more precise and keep working hard. They're doing a really good job."
Both of next week's varsity games are set to begin at 6:30 p.m.