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Kanab beats Beaver and wins first round game of the state tournament
Kanab hosted rival Beaver on Tuesday night in the final game of the regular season. It was also Senior Night for Kanab, as they recognized the two senior players, Taylor White and Haylie Hatch, who have been four-year players with Kanab Volleyball. Kanab and Beaver were sitting right in the middle of the Region 18 standings and needed this win for improved seeding in the state tournament.
The Lady Cowboys came out ready to play and used strong serving and passing to take control of sets one and two. Kanab would win the first two sets 25-18 and 25-17. Beaver would make a game of it in the third set by fighting back to win it 25-13. Kanab would return the favor in the fourth set and go on to win 25-15 to finish off the Beavers.
Kanab was strong from the service line, with 12 aces on the night. Taylor White led the way serving at 95 percent, including three aces. Grayce Glover was all over the floor for the Kanab defense with 17 digs to pace the team. The Kanab outside hitters both had strong games. Madison Orton had one of her best performances on the season with 19 kills, while hitting a .282. She was able to get a kill on 48 percent of her swings. Hatch also played very well with 15 kills, while hitting a .258 for the game. She also got kills on 48 percent of her attempts. It’s always fun to finish off the season with a win against Beaver.
With this win Kanab finished the season as the #9 seed for the state tournament and would have to go on the road Saturday to face #8 seed American Heritage in American Fork.
Kanab looked sluggish in the first set after the long bus ride. American Heritage would take a big lead early at 20-12. After a timeout Kanab regrouped and the comeback was on.
The Lady Cowboys would eventually tie it up at 23-23, before dropping the last two points to lose the set 25-23. The next three sets all were dominated by Kanab, winning 25-12, 25-21, 25-13. The Lady Cowboys have been helped by playing a number of tough games this season and had the highest strength of schedule in 2A this year.
The Lady Cowboys were again strong in this game from the service line with 17 aces in the game. Glover led the way with five and Hatch had four on the afternoon. Anna Cutler and London Fenus were strong on defense with 21 digs apiece. Orton led the team on attack with 12 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Hatch had 17 kills hitting .220 and White had nine kills hitting .200.
Kanab will now head to the state tournament at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield. The Lady Cowboys will face #1 seed North Summit on Thursday, Oct. 29., at 6 p.m.