Volleyball

Prep volleyball: Pine View edges Snow Canyon in five-set thriller

Pine View volleyball players celebrate as they beat Snow Canyon Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Pine View volleyball players celebrate as they beat Snow Canyon Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Exactly nine years ago on Tuesday, the Pine View Panthers beat the Snow Canyon Warriors in volleyball. Ever since, SC has dominated the Panthers, only dropping one set and establishing itself as a volleyball power.

On Tuesday night, PV turned the tables with a thrilling five-set win (14-25, 30-28, 17-25, 25-22, 15-12) at Snow Canyon, the first win by the Panthers’ volleyball team over SC since Sept. 20, 2007, according to season records.

“I feel like our seniors this year, we’re pulling together and we’re connecting really well and so it just works out really well for us,” outside hitter Cydnee McGuire said.

McGuire, as she did in the Panthers’ win last week, had the last look at the ball as she jumped up and swatted it for the game-winning kill. She finished Tuesday’s win with a team-leading 19 kills.

Snow Canyon jumped out to a 6-2, then an 11-5 lead in the first set thanks to Sammi Johnston’s solid hitting at the net. The Warriors won the set 25-14 and Johnston finished the game with 20 kills.

Pine View coach Kelly Murdock told the Panthers to relax and play like they could, and it paid off quickly.

PV led 12-4 in the second on the back of McGuire, Emily Lantor and Kayleigh Swenson. Murdock praised Swenson, who came off the bench Tuesday and provided a spark.

“When we needed a pass, when we needed a dig, and we needed everything, she did it and she was huge for us,” Murdock said.

The Warriors won seven points in a row to close it to 12-11, then the two teams battled until Snow Canyon had a set point leading 24-23. SC couldn’t convert, nor could it convert the next set point and the Panthers won it 30-28.

Again, the Warriors limped into the start of the third set, but rebounded from a 7-2 deficit to take a 13-9 lead. SC commanded the third set 25-17, in part to craft tips and serves from Ina Fakahua.

PV served well toward the end of the fourth set and won it 25-22 despite trailing 20-17 at one point. Camryn Johnson did her best to help the Warriors, hitting four straight aces for SC to bring the score to 19-17.

That set up an exciting fifth set, which was tied four times, and saw PV jump out to a 4-0 lead. Snow Canyon tied it 7-7 with another ace by Johnson.

At 12-10, though, McGuire took over.

“We just said to take a deep breath and to be confident in our passes and stuff and get the ball back,” she said.

Her kill brought it back to 12-12, then she was responsible for the final two points as the Panthers celebrated on a gym floor that they haven’t for so long. But she was quick to credit Cassidy Murdock, the Panthers’ setter, who was seemingly everywhere Tuesday.

Follow reporter Patrick Carr on Twitter @patrickcarr_ and on Facebook at Facebook.com/patrickjosephcarr1/ or call him at (435) 231-3834.

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