Every year, the Dixie-Snow Canyon volleyball rivalry is close and filled with intensity.
The match between the two schools earlier this season featured a five-set thriller, with the Flyers prevailing late in the final set.
This time, Region 9’s hottest team picked up yet another road victory, with Snow Canyon traveling to the Hangar and winning 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-21) over Dixie on the Flyers Senior Night.
“Our mindset has been that we need to fix our game, and the kids have been getting after it in practice,” Snow Canyon coach Alaina Parker said. “It’s not a surprise they came out hot — Dixie beat us in five sets last time, so we had something to prove.”
The first set saw Snow Canyon take control early, with the Warriors leading 10-3 on a Natalie Swann kill. Swann, along with the other members of the Warrior frontline, consistently made critical blocks and forced several hitting errors.
The Warriors continued their dominance in the second set, taking an 11-7 lead after a Megan Leavitt kill. Over and over again, the Warriors used their primary hitters to break away when the Flyers would threaten. Crash Parker picked up a kill to bring up set point, and Megan Funk finished off the set with a kill.
Parker, who finished the night with 14 kills and 18 digs, said her performance was a direct result of preparation.
“Practice makes perfect — that’s really all it is,” the younger Parker said.
The final set of the match proved to be considerably closer, as Dixie finally jumpstarted Hannah Harrah’s net game. However, Snow Canyon consistently made plays to stay in front, utilizing a bevy of players to build yet another large lead.
Jordan Gines gave Snow Canyon a 17-8 lead after a service ace, and the Warriors overcame a late Dixie charge.
Besides Crash Parker, the Warriors had a number of other statistical stars, including Natalie Swann, who finished with 11 kills and 18 digs, and Jordan Johnston, who notched 16 digs.
After suffering two losses in the midseason, Snow Canyon has won two consecutive road matches against Region 9 playoff teams.
“I’ve often thought as a coach that we learn more from a loss than a win, and those losses that get the monkey off kids’ backs showed us what we needed to work on, and helped us get really focused,” Alaina Parker said.
Prior to the match’s first serve, Dixie honored seniors Harrah, Kammi Anderson, Baylee Hogan and McKenzie Miller.
HURRICANE 3, CEDAR 0 (25-16, 25-7, 25-20): Kyndall Gardner notched five kills in the middle as the Tigers defeated the Lady Reds in Cedar City.
Brooklyn Gubler led the way with 13 kills on the outside. Shania Hurst, in her first start in some time had seven kills with no attacking errors. Sela Filo added six winners from the right side.
Hurricane coach Daniel McKeehan said libero Naomi Beatty passed the ball at a 2.5 — an outstanding number. Setter Addie Edwards recorded 35 assists.
Hurricane travels to Delta today before ending its regular season Tuesday at Snow Canyon.
PINE VIEW 3, CANYON VIEW 1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 26-24): Pine View lost its first game to Canyon View, but stormed back to win the next three sets for the 3-1 region victory.
Melissa Judd had a spectacular night, slamming down 22 kills and blocking four shots for the Panthers who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Also contributing were setters Brook Bracken and Breena Davidson with 18 and 17 assists, respectively.
ENTERPRISE 3, BEAVER 0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-18): Riley Lyman put up 14 kills, 12 digs, four blocks and two aces to help Enterprise defeat Beaver 3-0 Tuesday night.
Taylor Phelps provided 28 assists and 14 digs on the victory, which pushed the Wolves record to 24-3-0 overall on the season.
Also adding to Beaver’s woes were Dakota Robinson and Anden Lyman who combined for 16 kills and 15 blocks.