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Miners defeated in double elimination

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

The Park City High School varsity volleyball team was unable to overcome last-minute challenges as it headed into the state tournament on Oct. 30. The team lost in double elimination in its first two games at the University of Utah and did not stay for the second day of the tournament.

"We did pretty poorly overall," assistant coach Monica Ferreyra said. "We had a couple girls with grade issues that didn’t end up coming with us. We had to rearrange some things at the last minute."

It was literally the last minute for the team as the coaches waited at the bus the morning of the tournament to see which girls could play at state. Because the quarter ended on Oct. 30, grades were pulled the night before and at least one starter on the volleyball team was pulled for poor grades and another was still getting absences excused before she could get on the bus.

"We had to rearrange our lineup," Ferreyra said. "That just killed us."

The Miners lost 3-0 to Region 9 champion Hurricane in the first round. Ferreyra said by the third game the Miners were getting used to the new lineup but it was "too little too late." She said that put the Miners in the loser bracket and the girls became frustrated.

In the second round, the Miners lost to Judge 3-0.

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"I think the girls and the coaches really felt like we could have done better," Ferreyra said. "We have the talent to have placed (at state)."

The grade issue was a new disappointment for the volleyball team. Ferreyra said the team overall has a very high GPA. Both Lizzy Silverstein and Courtney Hoyt were nominated for the Academic All-Star team but missed it by a hundredth of a point.

But the Miners have struggled with other issues all season. Their setter transferred to Wasatch, forcing Melissa Emerson to step up and learn the position. Ferreyra said the team has needed new equipment all year but hasn’t been able to raise the money. They have several fundraisers planned, including a volleyball camp in the summer.