OREM The Carbon Dinos defeated Uintah in the 3A quarterfinals and earned a berth in the semis with the 25-19, 26-24, 25-17 victory.
It was a match filled with runs, but the Dinos were able to put together their strings at the right times to take out the Utes with an extremely balanced attack.
"We're not flashy, but we're consistent, we pass the ball well and we play good defense," said Carbon coach Cristen Johnson, who added that, "We've been resilient all year. When I ask something of them they respond well. They have a desire to win and do what it takes to win."
And they did just that in all three roller-coaster games against the Utes.
Carbon started off strong in Game 1 and latched onto a 9-3 lead, but then they gave it up on an 11-1 run that saw the Utes take control. But eventually the Dinos' balanced attack put things back together again and came back to snare the victory.
The two teams put together similar efforts in each of the three games, with the teams going on long runs to take big leads and then giving them away. The Dinos saw their 17-8 lead slip away in Game 2 as the Utes put together 11 straight points on Vanessa Peterson's serving to give Uintah a 19-17 advantage. But then the Dinos started scoring in the clutch once again and pulled out the victory in Game 2.
"I asked them, 'Why can't we just play one complete game?"' said Johnson, but added, "When it got tight we could have played scared and conservative, but that's when we played confident and strong."
The Dinos were attacked in the first two games by a strong effort from powerful outside hitter Kris Cochran, who had six kills in each of the first two games. She finished with 15 as the Dinos finally figured out how to play defense against her.
Carbon found itself down 7-3 in the third game, only to go on its longest run of the match scoring 13 straight points and wrapping up the victory and the trip to the semis.
Megan Garvin led the Dinos with 10 kills, followed by Britni Greenwood and Joy Malone, who scored eight kills each. Whitney Oliver picked up 15 digs, and Julia Potts set 25 assists.The 22-5 Dinos now play Hurricane today at 10:30 a.m. at the McKay Events Center. The Utes go into the consolation bracket and will take on Grantsville, also at 10:30 today.
MORGAN 3 JUAN DIEGO 0: The highly favored Morgan Trojans came into the 3A tourney and did exactly as they planned with a pair of sweeps, first over Judge Memorial and then over the Soaring Eagle with the 25-15, 25-23, 25-11 win.
Chelsey Garfield led the Trojans with 24 kills in each of the first two matches. She also added eight solo blocks and 11 digs against the Soaring Eagle. Her teammate Richelle Visage added nine kills against Juan Diego, and Mikelle Kap added 10 digs playing with a jaw injury. Morgan coach Liz Wiscombe also noted the play of Carolyn Johnson and Karly Prescott was huge.
"We played well in times at spurts," she noted, never taking anything for granted even though her team is playing with a huge target on its backs, favored to take it all.
Her secret to success in the tournament she says is, "We will eat and hopefully the kids will sleep."The Trojans take on Delta at 12:30 pm today in the semifinals.
DELTA 3 WATERFORD 2: The Delta Rabbits upset Waterford in the 3A state tournament quarterfinals 27-29, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 15-10, and will find themselves taking on the top-ranked Trojans in the semifinals today at 12:30 pm at the McKay Events Center.
The Ravens came out strong and took the two-game lead before Delta put it all together, finally coming out victorious in a back-and-forth Game 3.
"We've been kind of coming back like that lately," said Delta coach Deb Jenkins, still a little out of breath from excitement.Jaclyn Jones led the Rabbits with 24 kills and six blocks as she has done most of the season, and Devri Fitzgerald added seven kills. But Jenkins was also extremely happy with the play of her two seniors as Hailey Turner added four blocks in a solid effort, and Brianne Johnson finished with 15 digs. Both Delta and Wasatch were coming off of sweeps in the first round.