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Lady 'Hounds speed past last year's 2A league champions

CONNELL - The Grandview High School varsity volleyball team started league play off right Tuesday night, racing past last year's 2A league champion, Connell, and never looked back.

The Grandview girls beat the Connell team in three, by scores of 25-18, 25-8 and 25-20.

"We kind of hit our stride," said Grandview Coach John LaFever.

LaFever said his Grandview team started off a little slow Tuesday night, noting that for several players this was their first match of the season and it was the first league match for the team.

"Some were a little nervous," LaFever said.

However, as the first game came to a close with the Lady 'Hounds leading on the scoreboard, the Grandview team seemed to gain confidence, as well as momentum going into the second game.

LaFever said when it came to the third game of the evening, he decided to switch things up a little bit. He explained that the team used some new passing methods against Connell in the third game.

Overall, LaFever said he felt his team had a balanced attack against the Eagles. He added that this year the team is trying something a little different in its attack, with Mari Cornejo being moved into a position that allows her to hit the slide.

"She's probably the best in conference at hitting the slide like that," LaFever said.

Although the Lady 'Hounds were able to win against last year's 2A league champions, LaFever said his team, last year's 3A league champions, is just getting started.

"It was a pretty good start," LaFever said. "We really have a lot of good players."

Helping the Lady 'Hounds push past the Connell team were Valentina Solis with 5 kills; Kealey Johnston with 4 kills and 15 digs; and Tonhya Wysong with 16 digs.

The Grandview team will take to the court again Thursday at home against Naches.

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