Volleyball: Flyers sweep Lady Reds

Volleyball: Flyers sweep Lady Reds


Volleyball: Flyers sweep Lady Reds


Thursday’s volleyball matchup between Cedar and Dixie was not only a battle for both teams first region victory, but also pitted family members against each other.

In a back and forth momentum-swinging game, the Flyers picked up their first region win, beating Cedar in straight sets, 25-15, 25-18, 25-14, Thursday night.

“It feels good. I feel like we should have had a region win by now,” Dixie head coach Tera Carter said. “I’ll take it though, since we were able to figure a lot of things out tonight.”

After a slow start against Desert Hills Tuesday, the Flyers’ made sure they came out swinging against Cedar. After an ace on the opening serve, Dixie followed it up with a couple of nice blocks to take an early 11-6 lead. After a quick Cedar timeout by head coach Oscar Fakahua, the Lady Reds regrouped and put together a nice run of their own to cut the lead to 19-15 behind the play of Ashley Vanfleet.

Unfortunately for Cedar, that’s as close as it would get as the Flyers scored the next six points to take the first set, 25-15.

“Our back row really stepped up tonight,” Dixie assistant coach Nale Fakahua said. “As a coaching staff we got together after the Desert Hills game and made some adjustments. We recognized that there are some things that we need to do and to focus more on the girl’s strengths. We made those adjustments and the girls really responded tonight.”

After seeing the Flyers jump out to a quick lead in the first set, the Lady Reds took control of the second set with a pair of aces from Shae Johnson. After a quick wake-up call to start the second set, Dixie regrouped behind the solid play of Alisi Fakahua who had 30 assists on the night.

After both sides went back and forth, it was Alisi who set up DeAubrey Bowers with one of her seven kills on the night. That pushed Dixie’s lead to 9-8 before another Cedar timeout.

Following a pair of kills from both sides, Dixie started to take the game over by rolling off six straight points. Bowers then took the game into her own hands by scoring the last three points for the Flyers. With the score 22-17 in favor of the Flyers, Bowers hit a lovely ball in the corner and then followed it up with two straight blocks to take the second set, 25-18.

The third set was all Dixie as the Flyers jumped out to another quick lead behind a couple of aces from Abracia Payton.

“I’ve been working really hard in practice to perfect my placement on the court,” Payton said.

The Flyers continued their relentless attack as they played mistake free ball to put the game away.

Not only did Dixie pick up its first region win, but the Fakahua family picked up some family bragging rights along the way.

Cedar’s coach Fakahua is the older brother of Dixie’s coach Fakahua. When asked what it’s like playing against his brother, the younger Fakahua smiled and said, “It’s always fun. It’s very competitive. We set family aside during the game and then laugh about it after.”

With the win, the Flyers get their fifth win on the season. Region play will continue for both teams next week as Cedar hosts Snow Canyon Thursday, while Dixie will travel to Cedar City to take on Canyon view Tuesday. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Warriors 3 Panthers 0

Snow Canyon picked up a win over Pine View Thursday night, winning in three sets, 25-9, 25-14, 25-8.

Crash Parker recorded 15 kills for the Warriors, while Kodee Avery added 22 assists to go along with six aces.

Region play will continue for both teams next week as Snow Canyon visits Hurricane and Pine View travels to Desert Hills on Tuesday. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Follow Justin Giles on Twitter, @Justingiles22.


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