Losses small glitch for focused Miners
When Park City head volleyball coach Ed Potts returned to his hometown of Price on Thursday night, he was welcomed with open arms. It was exactly how a homecoming should be he saw his family and old teachers all happy to see their native son return.
"It’s always nice to go back to Price," Potts said.
Then the Carbon Dinos, his former alma mater, came out and beat the Miners in three games, 25-7, 25-20, 25-17. Not the storybook ending Potts had hoped for, but he says that even performing well against Carbon, one of the top teams in 3A, is something of which to be proud.
"We lost, but we lost to Carbon," he said.
In the first game, the Miners took a while to get warmed up against such a formidable opponent, but Potts said that the biggest problem was the Dinos’ serving. With three girls jump serving, the Miners struggled to get into their game. Park City’s strong hitting core had trouble getting the ball and the Dinos quickly surged ahead to win. In the next game, Potts said the serving game finally cooled down and allowed his squad to start passing the ball better. The Miners seized the opportunity and managed to keep the game close, losing by only five points, and giving them confidence heading into the next game. Park City again managed to keep it close against the Dinos but fell short, losing the match in three games.
Hitter Kelly Barber led the team as much as she could, but struggled at times when the team was unable to get the ball to her. Lisa Hibler also stepped for the Miners. Coming off the bench, Hibler had 7 kills and hit well all night long.
"She had a phenomenal game," Potts said.
Even though the Miners played well against a top team, Potts said that the girls were still disappointed. They were also only two days removed from a difficult close match to Juan Diego, 25-23, 25-25, 26-24.
"I think it’s disappointing, because they are coming off that [Park City] tournament," said Potts, referring the weekend tourney they hosted last week, where they swept all of the competition. "To go from that and lose to Juan Diego and Carbon when we have two hard losses in a row, its difficult."
Once the frustrations of the week wear off, the Miners will look forward to wrapping up their preseason with games against Jordan and Ogden. Potts expects Jordan to play well, but feels his Miners are in a perfect position against Ogden, whom they beat last week at the tournament.
"That’s a good thing to play them again," Potts said. "Were familiar. We should get a win out of it."
One trend Potts does want to avoid, is losing close games. Park City struggled to close out games last year, and Potts wants to ensure that this year’s squad is able to win. After the straight wins at the tournament, Potts thought the team had remedied the problem.
"We were just right and we didn’t get the right bounces," Potts said referring the close losses vs. Juan Diego. "They were a very good team, but it was so frustrating."
He talked with girls about finishing strong and says they should be on track before Region 10 competition starts in a week.
"I don’t think their confidence has been shaken," Potts said.
The Miners will put that confidence to the test next week with a game at Jordan High School on Tuesday, Sept. 5 and a game at home against Ogden on Thursday, Sept. 7. Both games will start at 7 p.m.
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