Miners suffer slim loss to Carbon | ParkRecord.com

Miners suffer slim loss to Carbon

When the Park City High School volleyball team took on the top-ranked Carbon Dinos it last year it was a close contest. And even though they lost, it gave them confidence and something to build on for the regular season.

Once again the girls made a statement against the relentless Dinos, losing 3-1 but turning in match after match of strong competition — 21-25, 22-25, 25-17, 21-25.

"It was a narrow loss," said Park City head coach Gray Davis after the match. "We played the best we have ever played."

He was especially impressed by the efforts of Nicole Bishop on Park City’s front line.

"Nicole was jumping and knocking the ball straight down," Bishop said.

The Miners needed that kind of effort with Carbon’s attack. The Dinos’ Britni Greenwood finished the match with 15 kills, followed by Joy Malone with 12 and Cherelle Julian with nine.

Park City used a 6-2 formation against Carbon, meaning they used two setters. Davis continues to tinker with how to best use Aundrea Hargroder, who he needs to play both setter and outside hitter because of her strength and athleticism. It is taking the team some time to adjust to the new formations, but Davis said that they should be up to par by next week.

And not a moment too soon. The Miners start regular season competition against Judge next Tuesday on the road. Although this will be the team’s third away game in a row and they will be facing one of their biggest rivals, Davis said they will be ready.

"I think they will rise to the challenge," he said. "That fact that we could play Carbon the way we did shows it doesn’t affect us too much."

He says his biggest challenge in the next few weeks will making sure his attack is ready for more strong back lines. Both Carbon and Juan Diego used their effective hitting from the back to outmuscle the Miners.

"Carbon’s hitting from the back was phenomenal," Davis said. "We need to figure out how to handle back rows."

The Miners will start the regular season when they travel to face the Judge Memorial Bulldogs on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

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