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PCHS volleyball team loses thriller

The Morgan High School volleyball team had been blazing through Region 10 play coming into Tuesday night’s match in Park City. In fact, the Trojans hadn’t lost a single set to a region opponent all season.

That changed against the Miners, who, in front of a raucous crowd, took the first set 25-17. Though the Trojans eventually came back and won the match in five sets, the Miners gave them all they could handle in one of their most inspired performances of the season.

Park City made its move in the first set after the score was tied at 13. From there, the Miners went up 16-13, forcing Morgan to take a timeout. Coming out of that break, Park City extended its lead to 21-15, forcing another Trojan timeout. From there, the Miners continued their dominance in the 25-17 win.

Set two was a completely different story. Morgan went up 9-3 early, extended that lead to 16-6 and didn’t let Park City crack double digits while cruising to a 25-9 win.

Set three looked like it was going to be another easy win for the Trojans, but Park City battled back to tie the game at 19. However, Morgan stayed calm and pulled away for a 25-21 victory.

With their backs against the wall in set four, the Miners didn’t flinch. In a back-and-forth game, Park City and Morgan found themselves tied at 23. But that’s when the Miners decided they weren’t ready for the match to end, scoring the next two points to even the match at two sets apiece.

In the fifth set, which is only played to 15, the Miners and Trojans battled to a 6-6 tie before Morgan took control. Park City’s serving fell apart and unforced errors led to a 15-10 loss, giving Morgan a 3-2 match win.

Despite the loss, Park City coach Ashley Driscoll was happy with the way her team played on Tuesday night.

"They were so ready," she said. "It’s Senior Night, so that always brings a lot of emotion and a lot of intensity. The crowd was incredible, too. Then the girls were ready to get after it. It’s Morgan, which is always a game you want to win."

Though handing the Trojans their first two region set losses was a big step for the Miners, Driscoll said there was some disappointment in the locker room after the match.

"The girls realize they could have won that," she said. "We took two sets and we know we could’ve taken three. But we did take two sets, which is good and gives us confidence heading into the state tournament."

While seniors Chrissy Glasmann, Jo Henry, Sammee Thomas, Tressa Buckland, Brianne Jacobson, Taylor Richardson, Candace Schettler, Sam Tan and Whitney Wakefield have played their last games at PCHS, Driscoll said she hopes her time with the senior class isn’t over quite yet.

"They are one of the most remarkable groups of young ladies I have ever had the privilege of working with," she said. "Leadership, academics, teamwork, sportsmanship, work ethic you name it, this group has it. They’re great friends on and off the court and they bring the younger girls into the program and encourage them."

The Miners will begin postseason play at Utah Valley University in Orem on Wednesday. Driscoll said she isn’t worried about maintaining momentum heading into the playoffs.

"They’re so mentally strong, this group," she said. "And there’s such great leadership that I’m not concerned about it. They bring it every single time and I think it’s been building all throughout the season. I think it’ll be there for state, too."

With a week of practice before the playoffs, Driscoll said there are still a few things left for the Miners to improve if they want to make a deep postseason run.

"We’ve been working on quickening up our offense," she said. "We will continue that. When it’s quick, it’s really strong. Also, we got tired toward the end [of Tuesday’s match] and our serving went down. We’re going to do a lot of repetitions just to get them used to taking a ton of swings."

Park City will play at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at UVU. Depending on how the Miners fare in those matches, they could play again on Thursday at to-be-determined times.


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