Miners scare Morgan at senior night
It’s all about perspective.
Park City lost in three games to Morgan 25-22, 25-20 25-23.
A disappointing loss? Think again. Park City loss by five points or less to the Trojans who have lost one game in region this season, one home game in 11 years and are currently No. 2 in 3A.
The Miners put a scare into the Trojans on Wednesday evening — their last home game and a night dedicated to honoring the seniors on the team. The strong finish was a fitting end to the motivation that the Miners have had as they near the 3A state playoffs.
"It would be great to be senior night every night," said senior middle hitter Kelly Barber.
According to Park City head coach Ed Potts, the team was more driven last week than he has seen all year a trend that bodes well with the state playoffs just one week away.
"That’s the idea," Potts said. "How can we take that play we had tonight and have a few good practices and play as well as we did tonight?"
The girls kept themselves in Wednesday night’s contest with aggressive play and few errors. In three games, the Miners did not miss a serve. Potts thinks the difference rests largely on the seniors who hope to run in state championship play.
"I think they’ve been motivated especially our seniors," Potts said. "They realize their time is short and players are stepping up."
Junior Alex Shearer was also a large part of last night’s win. The setter/right side hitter has been called upon in the last few games to play different roles for the Miners.
" Alex has been hitting so well," Potts said. "She has stepped up."
If the Miners continue playing like they did against Morgan, Potts is convinced that they will shock a few teams in the playoffs who are looking only at their 4-6 record.
"They knew what games they had to win," Potts said. "They understand the pressure."
There are a few glitches he wants to work out first. Park City needs to work on its coverage, and returning the ball straight down. Potts says that the girls could learn a lot about coverage from the Trojans had a player ready to hit the ball anywhere on the court and drove the ball down squarely on the Miners’ side of the court. Potts says other top teams like Snow Canyon and Dixie will play the ball the same way, so the Miners need to make sure they are playing to that caliber.
The loss puts the Miners in a tie for third place in Region 10 with Wasatch who lost to Judge on Wednesday. A coin toss will determine whether Park City will enter the playoffs with the third a fourth seed.
The difference in seeding will make a big difference in the Miners’ chances. Third place pits them against Dixie, a 6-3, No. 2 seed from Region 9. The Miners narrowly lost to the Flyers in an early-season southern Utah tournament.
"We would definitely want that chance," Potts said.
A fourth seed could be much scarier. It would match them up with Snow Canyon, who is undefeated in Region 9 and ranks as the No. 1 team in the state.
The state volleyball tournament will be held Oct 26-28 at Utah Valley State College in Orem.
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