Coming off an impressive effort at the Las Vegas Invitational, the Carson High volleyball team continued its solid play with a 25-18, 25-22, 25-12 win over Dayton High on Tuesday at Morse Burley Gym.
Shannon Earwood had 33 assists and four kills, Blaike King had 10 kills and 16 digs and Breanna Anderson added eight kills and 11 digs for Carson.
Against the state's top competition in the Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend, Carson advanced to the championship match where it lost to Douglas 20-25, 24-26.
The Senators reached the finals by beating Green Valley, who they had beaten earlier in the tournament, in the semifinals. After the Gators won game one 27-25, Carson came back behind the defensive play of Mavil Diaz and the big blocks of Nikki Keller and Elysse Virden. Cameo Lomorri ripped a number of jump serve aces and Kailey Taylor and Breanna Anderson led the offense as Carson won 25-19 in game two. Behind Shannon Earwood's setting, Carson handily won game three.
Douglas was able to reach the finals behind the play of Tayrn Williams, Jourdan Burke, Shannon Dugan and Jessica Waggoner, who was playing with a strained shoulder.
Against Carson, Mysta and Mia Townsell was able to contain the Senators' attack for Douglas and Megan Mitchell led the Tigers' attack, helping them build a big lead. Blaike King, who had 10 kills, and Danae Eckart on defense helped lead Carson's comeback.
Douglas held on to win game one before Carson took the lead in game two behind King before Douglas fought back for a 14-14 tie. The game remained close with Carson leading 23-22 and 24-23, giving it game point. But Douglas scored the last three points to win the match.
Kristina Diamond, Samantha Hock, Brittany Sly and junior varsity players Jeanette Van Sickle, Kendra Krupp and Karli Dodge up for the tournament all contributed to Carson's effort.
Megan Mitchellw was the tournament's Most Valuable Player while Eckart, King, Waggoner and Mysta Townsell all made the all-tournament team.