With the first half of Region 10 play in the books, Stansbury sits in second place with a 4-2 region record and Tooele (3-3) is in a three-way tie for third with Jordan and Hillcrest. Park City leads the region with a perfect 6-0 region record and has not dropped a set in region play. Stansbury, who has won 14 sets and lost six in Region 10, overpowered Cottonwood this week 3-0 with scores of 25-12, 25-23 and 25-20 to earn second place. In the match, Stallion junior Malia Opeta served 19 points, including five aces.
Tooele fell to Park City Tuesday at home: 25-6, 25-16, 25-15 and lost a close battle to Cottonwood Thursday in Salt Lake (19-25, 25-13, 25-19, 23-25, 12-15). Head Coach Cole Snyder noted that his team had a tough week, emotionally and physically.
“We are dealing with some injuries and mental fatigue,” he said. “We went from being tied for second place, to being tied for third.
“We are going to work getting things right and going forward next week.”
As the second half of region play resumed, Stansbury took on Jordan (3-3) Tuesday on the road (late) and will play at home on Sept. 21 in an important game against no. 1 Park City. In their first match up Aug. 29, the Miners swept the Stallions, who are looking to avenge their loss.
Stansbury head coach Bailey Moss is happy with her team’s progress and reports that they have “been working on speeding up their game” as they prepare for future games.
“The girls have responded well to everything I’ve been throwing at them,” she said. “They are focused on their game Tuesday, but still have in their mind all that we’ve been doing to prepare for Park City.”
Tooele faced Hillcrest Tuesday on the road (late) and will be home Thursday, Sept. 21 against Murray.
Next Tuesday, Stansbury will host Tooele in their second Region 10 matchup of the year on Sept. 26. The Stallions will be coming off their game against no. 1 Park City and the Buffs will be looking to move up in the region rankings.
Grantsville falls to Ogden, Morgan in region action
The Cowboys faced the two toughest teams in Region 13 on the road, last week, coming away with two 0-3 losses. Tuesday they traveled to Ogden to take on the Tigers and fell in the opening game 17-25. They rallied in the second game to make it closer, but ultimately lost 22-25. The final set also went to Ogden 18-25.
Thursday, Grantsville visited the Trojans in Morgan. After falling 11-25 in the first set, the Cowboys served well in the second game, but could not overcome the combined attack of Morgan’s middle hitters and dropped game two 19-25. The third set also went to the Trojans, who won 13-25
Grantsville hosted Union Tuesday (late) and will host South Summit Thursday, to finish out the first round of region games next week.