PCHS volleyball starts season with win
Try as they might, the Ben Lomond Scots just couldn’t get the ball past the Park City front line on Tuesday night at Park City High School.
En route to a straight-set victory, the Miners’ volleyball team was blocking and spiking the ball back at its opponents all night long, led by senior Hailey Whipple and juniors Whitney Wakefield, Chrissy Glasmann and Tressa Buckland.
After battling their way to a 25-22 first-set victory, the Miners turned on the burners, scorching the Scots in the second and third sets, 25-18 and 25-19.
PCHS coach Ashley Driscoll said she was pleased with the way the Miners dominated in their first game of the season.
"The girls are really excited," she said. "It’s a confidence booster. They see that they’re coming together as a team and they see what they can accomplish when they work together."
She said the win was a total team effort.
"We have a very strong front row and we have good setters who can feed them the balls," she said. "It’s the whole picture. This was our first match, so we’ve got some work to do. But they’re hard-working and they’re ready to go."
In spite of a young roster, featuring only one senior, Driscoll is confident that this team can outperform last year’s squad, which finished 17-10, including tournament play.
"Last year we were fourth in region and lost two matches in the playoffs," she said. "We’re hoping to go a little further this year. And I think we can go pretty far in state, but we have to focus on region play first. It’s going to be an exciting year."
One area of concern for Park City is serving, Driscoll added.
"Our serving was a little bit rough tonight," she said. "We had a lot of serving errors, and our hitting plays that we just started working on could use a little bit more work. But they’re all strong hitters, so I’m sure it will all come together."
She thinks the sky is the limit for Park City after a solid opening effort.
"I think we got a lot of the jitters out tonight," she said. "So I think we’ll see a big difference in how they play this weekend."
Buckland led the team with 14 kills. Wakefield added eight kills and seven blocks and Jo Henry notched eight service aces on the night.
"Whitney had a great game a lot of kills and a lot of great blocks," Driscoll said. "Hailey, Tressa and Chrissy were killing it on the outside too. It was a great all-around effort."
The Miners are playing in Provo at the Provo Tournament this weekend. They’ll host Summit Academy in the PCHS gymnasium on Aug. 27.
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The Miners ended up on the wrong side of a close game on senior night but are still fighting for playoff seeding.