Volleyball team rolling in Region 10 play
At the beginning of the prep season, new Park City volleyball head coach Gray Davis knew his team had potential, but he certainly wasn’t expecting the Miners to be 5-0 in Region 10 at this point in the season. With co-coach Donna Hall, Davis has watched the girls go through grueling conditioning, the loss of key players to injury and numerous position changes arrive at the point they are at right now.
And the wins lately have come in convincing fashion. Against Wasatch last Thursday and Uintah on Tuesday, the Miners beat each team in three straight games. Davis said that this kind of dominance is born purely out of hard work.
"We’ve been fighting to get all cylinders firing all at the same time," he said. "The synergy of the girls is fantastic."
Davis highlighted the play of transfer student Lizzy Silverstein, an outside hitter who joined the varsity team this season, but plays with the girls as if she’s been there forever.
"I used to call her ‘Leaping Lizzy’ because she can really jump," Davis said with a chuckle. "She’s fantastic."
He said that the duo of Silverstein and imposing inside player Nicole Bishop has been unstoppable.
"We’ve got Lizzy on the outside and Nicole on the inside," he said. "It’s the whole combination.
Setting for those two is Aundrea Hargroder, who Davis tried as a combination setter and outside hitter for a while before deciding that Hargroder was best utilized as a pure setter.
"She’s the most versatile girl on the team," Davis said.
He also mentioned libero Hallie McGee, who has recovered many tough balls, and Hannah Winkelman on defense, who is currently averaging three blocks a game.
Blocking and hitting have actually been the focus these last two weeks and he is very pleased with how much it has paid off. He said that many of the girls seek help on the weak spots in their games and are always open to suggestions.
Davis doesn’t take all the credit for the team’s performance. Hall has been working with the squad since last year, and all of the varsity athletes play club volleyball in the off-season, so the Miners came in prepared this year. Davis said that he added some intense preseason conditioning and fundamentals review to get the girls fully ready.
Davis said that the Miners have been working hard over the past few years and he feels that finally this season they are reaping the rewards. But they are still keeping everything in perspective. There is still plenty of regular season left to play and Davis isn’t taking any of the other teams for granted.
"We don’t look at ourselves as the top team in the region," he said. "They’re working just as hard for the next game and keeping their heads."
The Miners will host region rival Judge on Thursday at 7 p.m.
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