Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Panthers look for winning formula

Three in a row for 'Throats

Like a master mixer, Carey volleyball coach Kathy Whitworth has been shaking up her team and trying new combinations attempting to come up with a winning formula.

Tournaments provide ample opportunity for that and the Panthers mixed and matched throughout the two-day Hagerman Invitational, Sept. 8-9.

"We switched it up at the tournament. I haven't figured out where I want everyone, so I moved the girls around a lot," Whitworth said.

"One thing is sure, they are going to know each position by the time we are done."

Despite a losing record in the tilt (0-4), Whitworth said her team was playing much better on the final day, taking a game off Rockland in a 12-21, 21-10, 15-10 loss.

Carey met Clark County (21-17, 23-21), Valley (21-11, 21-6) and Garden Valley (21-7, 21-9) in pool play and said her team had a lot of fun playing against the Wolverines.

Carey (3-7) bounced back from a 3-0 loss to Mackay on Wednesday, defeating Wendell 3-1 on the road Thursday.

Senior hitter Emily Olsen (4 kills) collected 26 points off her serve.

"She served really well," Whitworth observed. "She has a pretty hard serve and cam switch it up. She's also able to pick where she wants to put them."

Bonnie Olsen tallied four assists and Shelby Hansen had three. Allison Shaffer recorded two kills.

"It wasn't an easy match. They had some tall girls, but we played well," Whitworth said.

Carey travels to Dietrich on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Community School

Off to a fast start, The Community School volleyball team collected its third consecutive victory and second league win over Dietrich Monday.

Playing on the Blue Devils (1-3) homecourt, a notoriously tough gym with lots of fan support, the Cutthroats (3-1) emerged with a 25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 19-25, 15-11 victory.

"It was a great match," coach Reamy Goodwin remarked. "We played steady and got some balls on the floor."

The Cutthroats welcome Bliss to the Fish Tank on Friday.

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