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Park City finishes eighth in 3A playoffs

Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff

The up-and-down season for the Park City girls’ volleyball team ended with a bang this weekend.

The Miners had struggled mightily throughout the year, enduring a lengthy losing streak in the middle of the Region 10 play, but the team never wavered.

Head coach Katie McLintock could attest to that.

"Volleyball’s such an interesting sport, because on any given day, anyone can take it," she said. "It’s just interesting to see who shows up that day."

After losing to Region 12 champ Richfield in three games in the opening round of the 3A state playoffs last Friday, Park City rattled off two wins in a row in the tournament, defeating a strong Cedar High School side, then besting Emery in three straight games.

The Miners finally fell to Carbon in the sixth-place match, but they earned eighth place overall in 3A girls’ volleyball.

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"It’s exciting that we made it to state and that we actually played," she said. "I was really happy to see the way things all played out.

"They truly blossomed at the end of the season. For them to step it up and really play well at the end, it was awesome."

After falling to Richfield on Friday, the team and coaching staff gathered to talk about what had transpired in the first-round loss, and what the players wanted to do as their season’s clock was ticking away.

"We had really long break, and we just talked about everything," McLintock said. "Their goal was to get to the second day. And they showed up."

Park City earned its first win of the 3A tournament in a dramatic fashion.

The Miners defeated the Lady Reds of Cedar City in five overcoming the dreaded fifth-game curse the team had battled earlier in the season.

After dropping the first game 25-23, Park City answered with its own 25-23 win. Cedar took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-19 win.

It was then, McLintock said, that her players took it upon themselves to get a win.

The Miners won a dramatic fourth game, 26-24, before taking the final game 15-10.

"We made a huge comeback," McLintock said. "We scored a bunch in a row and won. To take it in the fifth (game) was awesome."

Senior setter Melissa Emerson had five kills in the game, while senior outside hitter Josie Karz finished with 21 and junior Shelby Johnstun had five. Johnstun had a passer rating of 2.5 while accumulating four aces.

Park City dominated the Emery Spartans in three games. The Miners won 25-17, 25-15 and 25-21.

"That was the first time ever we won in three all season," McLintock said. "They all hit their goals and marks. As a team, collectively, it was a goal hit from the start of the season.

"It was a great for me. It was good to see."

Seniors Amy ers and Emerson combined four eight aces, while Abbey Winkleman had five kills.

Park City and Carbon were the only Region 10 teams to place in the final eight at the 3A tournament.

While the season is over for the Miners, the first-year head coach was more than pleased with the outcome after steering her team through hard times.

"When you’re down, you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain," she said. "You can take risks and play hard."

McLintock will be losing six seniors, but expects to build upon this finish and improve next year.

"As a first-year coach, at Park City, it was really excited to go to state. I think it was quite an accomplishment," she said. "Truly, they got better through the year as a volleyball player, and an individual. Sometimes the most rewarding thing is what happens off the court. That’s what makes it fun."