The Carbon Dino volleyball squad climbed into the No.2 spot in the 3A RPI rankings after a second place finish in the Sevier Valley Center Tournament that took place over the weekend in Richfield.
The Dinos entered the weekend ranked at No. 3 sitting at 14-3 overall and 6-2 in region play. With two matches left this season, Carbon finds themselves in a good position as they will prepare for the 3A State Championship Tournament.
Below is a recap of the weekends matches:
Match #1 South Summit
In the first match of the weekend the Dinos would face the South Summit Wildcats, No. 5 in the state RPI. Carbon would make quick work of the Wildcats 25-23, 25-20 and 25-18. Emma Christensen would collect 12 kills in the match and the trio of Christensen, Lyndee Mower and Katie Jones gathered 18 digs each with Makenna Blanc adding 32 assists.
Match #2 Crimson Cliffs
Crimson Cliffs is a new school that opened in Washington just last year and they are ranked No. 8 in the 4A RPI. Carbon would battle back and forth with them, taking the first two sets 25-13 and 25-18. Crimson Cliffs powered back to take the next to sets 25-22 and 25-19 with Carbon taking the final set 16-14 and claiming the five set win. Once again Emma Christensen had 20 kills in the match, Katie Jones claimed 26 digs and Makenna Blanc gathered 42 assists.
Match #3 North Sanpete
In the third match Carbon would battle the North Sanpete Hawks. The Hawks sit at No. 6 in the 3A RPI with a record of 14-9. The Dinos opened up the match taking the first set 25-19. They would then finish off the straight set victory 27-25 and 25-17. Makenna Blanc contributed 31 assists while Emma Christensen had 15 kills and Katie Jones offered up 18 digs to start off day two.
Match #4 Grantsville
Grantsville is a familiar foe for the Dinos as they faced them once already this season. Back in August in St. George at the Dixie Fly High Tournament they claimed a five set victory. This time they would claim victory in four sets 25-23, 22-25,25-16 and 25-20. Emma Christensen had 19 kills, Katie Jones 21 digs and Makenna Blanc 30 assists in Carbon’s fourth win of the weekend.
Match #5 North Summit
In the Championship round Carbon would face a very good North Summit team. Ranked as the No.1 team in 2A North Summit came in with an overall record of 15-3 and had not lost a match in the tournament. Carbon would come out and drop the first set 25-20. North Summit would claim the straight set victory winning the next two sets 25-23 and 25-14. Emma Christensen collected nine kills as Katie Jones gathered up 15 digs and Makenna Blanc ended the match with 20 assists.
Up next for the Dinos will be the final two games of the regular season. On Tuesday they will welcome the Grand Red Devils to Price. On September 10th the Dinos fell to the Red Devils 3-2, Grand is ranked at No. 7 in the 3A RPI.
Carbon will end the season in Monroe on October 20th, taking on the South Sevier Rams . When these two teams met up on September 15th Carbon took the victory in straight sets.
The Dinos will then wait until October 21st for the release of the 3A State Championship Tournament Bracket release. The first round of the playoffs will begin on October 24th.