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HURRICANE DOMINATES; PANTHERS LOOK TO FUTURE

By Jordan Abel For The Spectrum & Daily News
1:00 AM, Sep. 12, 2013 EDT

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ST. GEORGE — 
Hurricane had a stirring five-game victory Tuesday night against Dixie. Thursday's match provided a similar result -- just not as grueling of a journey.

Hurricane dispatched host Pine View 3-0 (25-7, 25-15, 25-12) in a Region 9 match.

"We use games like this so we can work on some things," said head coach Daniel McKeehan. "I was pleased with how we hit. We hit the ball pretty effectively. When we served on the court, their passers were moving, which is what we want."

Coach McKeehan said not everything was perfect in the win.

"I was disappointed in how we received and how we served," McKeehan said. "(The Panthers) scored seven points in game one and six of those were our unforced errors, five of those were our serves."

He also said that in game three the Panthers scored 14 points, but 11 points were on the Tigers' errors. He also mentioned how well senior Kyndall Gardner played. Gardner had eight kills and only one error in the game.

"I think it was a great chance to play and just battle with (the Panthers)," Gardner said. "We mesh really well as a team, and I think it was a good game overall. ... We are working our way toward state and trying to maintain a balanced team."

McKeehan said the team isn't looking for a region championship.

"We want to get better," McKeehan said. "We are still two months away from state championships. We want to be there, and we've got a lot of work to do."

On Pine View's side, first-year head coach Kelly Murdock is looking toward the future.

"We've got a lot of youth on the team, so I've got a lot of sophomores on the court that are playing against some pretty experienced teams," Murdock said. "We have a lot of potential. We are looking to improve in each match."

Murdock said that it is in the mindset that the Panthers have been playing "not to lose" rather than to win.

"(I'm trying to) get their confidence level to where they can compete," Murdock said.

Hurricane is in action again at Cedar on Tuesday. Pine View heads down the road to Dixie.