Miners volleyball defeats Springville in straight sets
Park Record intern
In the first sporting event in The Shaft since the final basketball game in February, the Park City volleyball team opened region play against the Springville Red Devils. Coming into the game, the Miners were looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season against Lone Peak.
Park City did just this as they defeated the Red Devils 25-22, 25-17, 27-25 in straight sets on Tuesday. The win put Park City’s record at 2-1. The Miners also won their season opener against Skyridge.
Even with the win, the Miners weren’t satisfied with their performance.
“I think that we played down to their level and I don’t think that we played our best,” said senior setter Maya Lopansri. “But we still showed that we know how to win, which is good.”
Throughout the night, Park City dealt with a feisty Springville squad that refused to give up. All three sets were back and forth, with a constant exchange of energy between the two teams. At the end of each set, Park City was able to finish the Devils with late runs, including a 9-1 streak to end the second set.
“As a team, we can work on playing our game consistently and eliminating the roller coasters,” Lopansri said.
The uneven play was especially apparent in the final set where Park City almost dropped a 22-16 lead before narrowly getting by with a 27-25 win. With a week of practice until their next game, the Miners, who are among the favorites in Class 5A, will look to find a balance in their play and show the rest of the region their abilities.
Park City’s next game is Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Salem Hills. Last year, Salem Hills and Park City split their match-ups during the regular season, but the Skyhawks got the best of the Miners in the state quarterfinals, beating them in five sets.
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