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Hurricane fends off Snow Canyon in tense volleyball match

Snow Canyon's Katie Fisher attacks against Hurricane during Tuesday's match. / Asher Swan / The Spectrum & Daily News
Sep. 25, 2013 

Written by
Garrett Faylor

HURRICANE — Both Hurricane (8-5 overall, 3-1 region) and Snow Canyon (5-6, 2-1) fell victim to straight-set defeats to Desert Hills in their last meetings.

And both teams had a chance Tuesday night to get back on their feet as the Tigers hosted the Warriors for a region competition.

The Warriors took the lead in Game 1 at 4-3 and held on to take the night’s opener. The Tigers rebooted and came away with Game 2. And like many of the great rallies throughout the night, the teams went back and forth, winning and losing, until the fifth game of the night.

Hurricane clawed its way back from a couple of three-point deficits in Game 5 to stun the Warriors with a drop shot from Sela Filo to give the match to the Tigers, 23-25, 25-21, 19-25, 27-25, 15-13.

“Four years playing in the varsity gym, we’ve always been coached to finish the game,” said Filo. “I was just trying to get it in play. I’m going to say luck was on my side, but I’m also going to say that I wanted to win that game so bad.”

The Warriors came out in command of Game 1, something they’ve done over and over through years of playing Hurricane.

“Alaina Parker’s teams have beaten my teams for 10 straight years. It was finally nice to get a monkey off our back,” said Hurricane head coach Daniel McKeehan.

Snow Canyon’s Shaylee Reed led off Game 2 with two straight points, one on an ace, but Kyndall Gardner made sure the Tigers answered back in Game 2, picking up four of her eight kills on the night.

In Game 3, the Warriors raged to a 9-0 lead and took advantage of the Tigers’ missed serves outnumbering the Snow Canyon aces (4-3). Game 3 ended on a kill from Jordan Gines ricocheting off Shania Hurst’s hand.

“Nia battles, She hits positive every game; even when she struggles she still hits positive,” said McKeehan. “She’s a competitor.”

Hurst overcame the mistake, totaling a team-high 13 kills for the Tigers.

“I was just doing what I know how to,” said Hurst. “I was trying not to fall apart.”

Hannah Rich picked up three points, one via an ace, on her service turn early in a must-win Game 4. Melisha Sefita added two on her first turn as well to produce a 10-6 lead for the Tigers. Brooklyn Gubler added three the following turn — she had seven on the night — finishing with a 16-7 lead.

Despite the lead, Kodee Avery took the serve for the Warriors down 18-10, and came up with a miraculous, game-tying, eight straight points. Alexsa Parker added a pair of aces on her turn, bringing the Warriors back within one.

“We expect our seniors to step up in late games, and they did,” McKeehan said.

Again Rich stood with the ball in her hand, this time with the score tied at 25. Rich dropped down back-to-back aces to send the match to a Game 5.

The teams jostled back and forth in the deciding game. Addy Edwards began her service turn for the Tigers down 11-13. Two mis-hits from the Warriors side knotted the score at 13. Then Hurst came up with a block to put them ahead by one. From there, Filo got a set and dropped a shot at the feet of the Warriors.

“It feels so amazing. We’ve been waiting for this win for such a long time,” said Filo.