Crimson Cliffs moved up to second place; Desert Hills and Pine View also win – St George News
ST. GEORGE – The Crimson Cliffs High School volleyball team is starting to be in full swing.
After sweeping Snow Canyon 3-0 on the road Tuesday night, the Mustangs are positioning themselves to try to catch Region 10 leader Desert Hills.
“We’ve grown a lot,” Crimson Cliffs coach Gabrielle Hasenbeck told St. George News. “It’s been a pretty intense season and it’s really exciting to see their progress as we continue to train and work hard in the gym.”
The victory allowed the Mustangs to occupy second place on their own in the regional standings with a 6-1 record. Desert Hills is right in front of them at 7-1.
“I think they have a better understanding of what it means to work hard and what it means to stand up for what you want to represent,” added Hasenbeck.
Crimson Cliffs brought a lot of energy and excitement to the gym from the first set at Snow Canyon. Madeline Wallentine served an ace, one of 12 total aces in the game for the winners, which gave the Mustangs a 16-9 lead.
Then Snow Canyon rallied to tie the score 18-18 after the victories of Fetuao Tapasa, Savannah Cheever and Sophie Jaster.
Crimson Cliffs responded with kills from Lydia Lindquist and Kate Ohlsen, an ace from Maci Cottam and two kills from Callie Finlinson to win the first set 25-20.
“For me it’s been a blessing because I work with a ton of athletes and lead them and then they can use their athleticism in a sport that we all love, so that’s great,” Hasenbeck said.
The Mustangs had to come back from behind in the second set as a Jaster kill gave the Warriors a 16-13 lead. Finlinson, who tied Jaster with a record 11 kills, hit one at home and the Mustangs tied the score 16-16.
Tehanie Waters, a rookie for Crimson Cliffs, had a kill and an ace, then Finlinson and Adah Christiansen called with two big blocks and the Mustangs won the second set 25-20.
“We’ve been working on this all the time, so I feel like our strength right now is our block,” Hasenbeck said after the Mustangs finished with seven blocks in total. “And if we make a mistake on the block, we know exactly what to do to fix it.”
The Mustangs completed the sweep with a 25-21 victory in the third set. Junior Riann Gines finished the night with eight kills, four aces and 13 digs in the win.
“We worked very hard as a team,” said Gines. “You could just tell that the energy was on. In our training, we made sure to work harder, run, sprint, and then put that effort into our games.
Gines added that the Mustangs get together as a team before each game to focus and motivate themselves.
“We make sure we uplift each other because volleyball is such a mental sport,” Gines said. “And so we couldn’t do it without everyone. “
In other games around Region 10 on Tuesday night, Desert Hills swept Dixie 3-0 and Pine View beat Hurricane 3-1.
Thursday, Snow Canyon is in Hurricane, Pine View is in Dixie, and Cedar is in Crimson Cliffs.
Volleyball ranking of region 10, region, general (from Wednesday)
- Desert Hills, 7-1, 11-6
- Crimson Cliffs, 6-1, 8-7
- View of the pines, 5-3, 11-5
- Snow Canyon, 4-4, 9-14
- Cedar, 3-4, 11-11
- Hurricane, 2-6, 8-10
- Dixie, 0-8, 0-21
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