Desert Hills alone in first place, Cedar and Crimson Cliffs win at home – St George News
ST. GEORGE – In a thrilling five-set battle, Desert Hills won 3-2 at Snow Canyon on Tuesday night and became the only first-place possession in Region 10 volleyball.
The home side, the Warriors, came out strong in the first set, taking the lead 11-7, 16-8 and 18-13. Savannah Cheever had a kill and Snow Canyon won the set, 25-19.
“We started the first set a bit dead, we weren’t playing our kind of volleyball,” said Julia Jacobsen, senior of Desert Hills. “Then we went out in the second set and started to play our game a little more and to swing it better.”
Jacobsen was a force to be reckoned with at the net throughout, posting 11 blocks and 13 kills.
“Julia can dominate a game,” Desert Hills coach Craig Allred said. “She is as athletic and gifted a player as there is in the region.”
Mckayla Allred delivered a solid serve that saw Desert Hills lead 6-1 in the second set. Anna Jenson hit a few big blocks and Maleia Thurber killed, then Jacobsen and Jenson both struck at home, and the Thunder won the set 25-15.
Desert Hills kept the momentum going and took a 10-4 lead in the third set behind strong serve from Tatum Gardner and wins from Jacobsen and Saidey Spencer. The Thunder won the third set 25-19.
But Snow Canyon was not going to go away. In a set tied 12 times, the Warriors fought to tie the game with a 27-25 victory.
Aggeliki Georgopoulou led the Warriors with 11 kills while Sophie Jaster and Camryn Sutterfield each have eight in the game. Jenna Thorkleson recorded 33 assists.
Desert Hills took command of the deciding fifth set with a serve from Gardner. Jacobsen passed a point and had a kill and a block in the race and the Thunder quickly led 8-2.
Sa’de Turnlington served an ace to make it 9-2, and Jacobsen’s ace took the lead 12-3.
Brooklyn Wilson and Spencer took home the final kills and the Thunder won the fifth set 15-4.
“We’re really proud to try to throw a fast attack, to be able to pass quickly, pass quickly and hit quickly. When everything’s going well, it’s pretty good, ”Allred said. “You know, getting to Snow Canyon, it’s going to be a battle; it’s gonna be fun.”
The match marked the third straight year that rivals from crosstown have played a five-set at Snow Canyon.
“We have some really tough teams in our area, like we do every year,” Allred said. “You have to show up every night or any team could come and beat you if you’re not in your game.”
In another action on the courts Tuesday night, Cedar swept Dixie at home 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-18) and Crimson Cliffs won 3-1 at home (27-25, 21-25 , 25-23, 26-24) on Pine View.
Region 10 volleyball ranking (regional, global record)
- Desert Hills (4-0, 8-5)
- Crimson Cliffs (3-1, 5-7)
- Snow Canyon (3-2, 7-7)
- Cedar (2-2, 10-9)
- View of the pines (2-3, 8-5)
- Hurricane (1-3, 7-7)
- Dixie (0-4, 0-17)
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