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Varsity Wins Dixie Fly Tournament!

After years of attending the Dixie Fly High Tournament in St. George and coming away with mixed and often disappointing results, the Varsity team brou...

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PCHS downs Tooele in three sets Adam Spencer, The Park Record POSTED:   08/22/2014 04:34:17 PM MDT Cameron Mercer spikes the ball at th...

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Varsity Wins Dixie Fly Tournament!

After years of attending the Dixie Fly High Tournament in St. George and coming away with mixed and often disappointing results, the Varsity team brought home a 1st place trophy! They had a decent start in their first pool (2 – 1), a terrible time in the second pool (0 – 3), and managed to squeak into the platinum bracket and be the unexpected winner!

JV came together and pulled off a 1st place in the Silver bracket in the JV tournament. This bodes well for these younger players for the future…

Miners’ volleyball squad starts season with big win

PCHS downs Tooele in three sets
Adam Spencer, The Park Record

POSTED:   08/22/2014 04:34:17 PM MDT
Cameron Mercer spikes the ball at the Tooele defense on Thursday night at Park City High School. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)

Cameron Mercer spikes the ball at the Tooele defense on Thursday night at Park City High School. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)

For many members of the Park City High School volleyball team, beginning the 2014 season came right on the heels of the conclusion of the summer beach season.

Because of that, the Miners came into Thursday night’s home match against Tooele in great form, leading to a dominant three-set victory in front of a large home crowd.

After losing to Tooele in five sets to start the 2013 season, the Miners took control early this year, winning the first set easily while cruising to a 25-14, 28-26, 25-11 win.

Park City coach Ashley Driscoll said she was proud of the way her team controlled the entire match.

“It was a great first match of the season,” she said. “And it was kind of fun having that match in the home gym. We had a great crowd tonight.”

She added that it was an impressive showing in every aspect of the game.

“This group is so strong both physically and mentally,” she said. “They perform well under pressure.

“They didn’t let up for a minute, which was exciting. Our serving was strong tonight. Our blocking was really strong. Overall, they just pulled together as a team.”

Driscoll credits the girls’ summer seasons with bringing them to the school season in top shape.

“They are in top physical shape,” she said. “They’ve got the speed and their verticals are up there. They’ve got the focus, too – they’re not trying to get back into it; they’re already in it.”

Leading the charge for Park City was a pair of seniors – Sammee Thomas and Tressa Buckland. Thomas had 23 assists on Thursday night and Buckland had nine kills, five blocks and six aces.

Jo Henry added 10 digs and Cameron Mercer had eight blocks.

Driscoll said she’s thankful to have an experienced group of seniors leading the team this season.

“These girls, they’re so focused on the court,” she said. “Their confidence is there. We’ve got the leadership. Some of these girls have been playing varsity since freshman year.

Jo Henry prepares to serve the ball to Tooele on Thursday night at Park City High School. The Miners defeated their opponents in straight sets to start the

Jo Henry prepares to serve the ball to Tooele on Thursday night at Park City High School. The Miners defeated their opponents in straight sets to start the season 1-0. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)

“She added that the difference is noticeable from a year ago, when the Miners showed potential at times, but couldn’t overcome injuries and illnesses to gain any form of consistency.

“They’re just more experienced,” she said. “They all had such great offseasons. Their skills are obviously improving as well by playing so much.”

The nine seniors in the 2015 graduating class will be the leaders of this team, according to Driscoll. That bodes well for the Miners, as every one of them has gained valuable experience since last season.

“Every single senior has already stepped up this season so far,” she said.

Next up for Park City is a tournament in St. George, which begins next weekend. Driscoll said the Miners are eager for the challenge that awaits them down south.

“We are focused on a full week of practice before the Dixie Tournament next weekend,” she said. “I’m excited to start the season with that nice, big tournament. Team cohesion really comes together when you’re playing so much over two days. It’ll be great for getting us ready for region play.”

The Miners’ next home game is scheduled for Sept. 18. Park City’s opponent will be Juan Diego and the match will begin at 7 p.m.

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PCHS volleyball team aims for big year

Nine returning seniors hope for special season

Adam Spencer, The Park Record

POSTED:   08/15/2014 04:44:08 PM MDT1 COMMENT

 

Candace Schettler returns a shot during a game last season. Schettler is one of nine seniors on the Park City squad this season.(Park Record File Photo)

Candace Schettler returns a shot during a game last season. Schettler is one of nine seniors on the Park City squad this season. (Park Record File Photo)

Last year, the Park City High School volleyball team didn’t find its groove until late in the season. Injuries, illness and inconsistency plagued the Miners through much of their early-season schedule.

Eventually, though, the team was healthy enough to build some momentum and rode a hot streak to a sixth-place finish at the 3A state tournament.

This year, the Miners return nine seniors to a squad that only lost one player from last season to graduation. Because of that continuity, coach Ashley Driscoll has high hopes for 2014.

“We have a lot of new talent coming through and we also have a lot of returning talent, which is exciting,” she said. “We have nine returning seniors I think that sets a great tone for the program and for this year.”

Park City flashed its potential at times last year, Driscoll said, but it didn’t do so consistently until late in the season.

“[The deep playoff run] didn’t surprise me because the girls worked so hard throughout the season,” Driscoll said. “Every match, it just didn’t quite come together, but you could see it. By the time we got to the state tournament, everybody was healthy and I think everything just clicked. You could see the difference on the court.

“When they were playing like that, they played exactly like I knew they would and could. A lot of teams weren’t expecting it because we hadn’t played quite like that throughout the season.”

This year, Driscoll is hoping to be able to keep the momentum from several of her players’ hot summer seasons going.

“It’s a testament to some of the club programs in the area, some of their offseason work and then their beach play,” she said. “They’re working hard through the summer and come in super strong and well-conditioned and ready to go.”

With an in-shape, game-ready roster, featuring seniors Chrissy Glasmann, Sammee Thomas, Tressa Buckland, Whitney Wakefield and more, Driscoll said this might be one of Park City’s best all-around teams.

“We don’t have a weak position this year,” she said.

Tressa Buckland stops a spike during a game last season.(Park Record File Photo)

Tressa Buckland stops a spike during a game last season. (Park Record File Photo)

“I think most teams are usually stronger in one area than in another. We’re not really seeing that spot we’re a little bit weaker this year.”That bodes well for the Miners, who play in an ultra-competitive Region 10.

“Region 10 is always really strong,” Driscoll said. “Obviously you have Morgan coming back and they’re always a strong team that goes pretty far in the state tournament I think they got fourth last year. I don’t know how many seniors each of the teams lost, so I don’t know exactly what to expect. But all of the teams were strong last year and I expect the same thing this year. With all the experience we have coming back, I expect us to do extremely well.”

If the Miners can avoid the injuries and illnesses that plagued them last year, Driscoll said there’s no reason they can’t improve on last year’s sixth-place finish this season.

“I think they’re in a really good position to go very far in state,” she said. “I’m hoping for that state championship, honestly. I think, with this group, it’s a possibility. I think it’ll all depend on how hard we work and how we come together as a team.”

The first test for Park City will be on Thursday, Aug. 21, when it starts its season against Tooele, a team the Miners lost to in five sets at the start of last season.

“They’re really excited that it’s a home match on the first day of school,” Driscoll said. “It kind of makes the whole coming back to school experience that much better. I think they’ll be ready to go. It’ll be a good starter to showcase where we are and where we need to go.”

Thursday’s home game starts at 7 p.m. in the PCHS gym.

 

PCHS Volleyball Schedule

Aug. 21 vs. Tooele

Aug. 29 at Dixie tournament

Aug. 30 at Dixie tournament

Sept. 4 at Brighton

Sept. 11 at North Summit

Sept. 16 at Carbon

Sept. 18 vs. Juan Diego

Sept. 23 at Uintah

Sept. 25 vs. Union

Oct. 2 at Morgan

Oct. 3 at Bingham tournament

Oct. 4 at Bingham tournament

Oct. 7 at Juan Diego

Oct. 9 vs. Uintah

Oct. 14 at Union

Oct. 21 vs. Morgan

2013 PCHS Miners Volleyball

End of season banquet slideshow

vs Uintah, part of game one

vs Uintah, part of game one

vs Dixie, game three video

vs Dixie, game two video