Volleyball team finding it hard to finish
Driving three hours to lose in three games (25-15, 25-22, 25-19) wasn’t exactly how Park City head volleyball coach envisioned the Miners’ road trip to take on Uintah on Tuesday, but he isn’t throwing in the towel on his team’s potential just yet.
Just like most teams in the Region 10, the Miners match up evenly in both skill and talent. Win and loss records are often decided by five points or less. Potts’ says with just a little more execution and experience, his Miners should be near the top of the region standings in no time.
"Talent-wise, we match up very well," Potts said. "It was classic smash-mouth volleyball."
The Miners struggled, however, placing the ball. The Miners were able to get their hands on the ball a lot and recorded many blocks, but then it would fall straight down or out of bounds. The Utes, on the other hand, seemed to have every ball land in the right spot.
"Every break went their way," Potts said.
The Miners started out each game well, but Uintah just kept coming back.
"It was little chip shot points that ate us up mentally and physically."
Potts said that Uintah had shifted their lineup somewhat from the last time they played them this season, and so he expected them to come out playing well. The Utes were led by Nicole Brady who had 12 kills on the night.
"I knew they had outside hitters that tend to do really well," Potts said.
The Miners were ready and position to block their balls, but were never able to get the balls to land where they needed them.
On Thursday night in a well-fought battle against the defensively-minded Union Cougars, Park City pushed the Cougars to five, yet-again, very close matches but ultimately lost in the end (25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 22-25 17-15).
Potts says that the Miners, troubles with finishing games every so often can be attributed to inexperience. With a starting lineup that includes only two seniors, he figures that learning from these small mistakes will help later in the season and will build a stronger team in years to come.
With Park City, Uintah, Judge and Wasatch evenly matched in skill behind state powerhouse Morgan in the top spot, Potts says that every game on the region schedule is important. Even if the Miners win in the next few matchups they will keep on eye on the other schools to determine their ultimate standings.
The Miners marquee region games are this week. Potts said the Miners would need to have their best game ever against the mighty Morgan Trojans on the road, but a win against second-place Wasatch is definitely an attainable goal.
"There hasn’t been a team we’ve faced, that we couldn’t have beat," Potts said.
The Miners will travel to take on Morgan on Tuesday, Sept. 26 and Wasatch on Thursday, Sept. 28. Both games start at 7 p.m.
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