Grandview spikers 2nd at Wenatchee tournament

WENATCHEE - Grandview High School's volleyball team may have settled for runner-up honors at this past Saturday's Wenatchee Invitational, but considering who the Lady Greyhounds' opponents were, they came home champions.

Class 2A Grandview took on six 4A teams at the tourney. With the exception of the host Panthers in the championship match, Grandview bested all of them.

"The team did a great job," said Grandview Coach John LaFever. "It was a super team effort," he added, explaining that all 10 players he took to the invite got in plenty of floor time.

Four players led Grandview's attack at the net. Sophomore Kealey Johnston paved the way with a team best 40 kills. Adding, 36, 34 and 27 kills, respectively, were teammates Raissa Licano, Kinzi Poteet and Christine Penwell. Also, Licano had a team high nine blocks at the net and Penwell came up with six stuffs.

Serving-wise, Johnston and Jessica Gonzalez combined for 14 aces in the six matches against their 4A foes. The two also teamed for 46 service points.

Grandview setter Chante Bottineau was credited with 119 assists for the six matches. Passing specialist Tonhya Wysong successfully got off a team best 163 passes.

In Saturday's title tilt, Wenatchee dealt the Lady 'Hounds their only loss of the tourney. The Panthers won the match by scores of 25-20, 25-17.

Grandview's five tournament victories came against 4A schools Eastmont (25-11, 25-17), Auburn (25-17, 25-22), Sequim (25-10, 25-22), Woodinville (25-22, 21-25, 18-16) and Pasco (25-21, 25-20).

The 5-1 record posted by the Lady 'Hounds on Saturday upped their overall mark on the season to 13-2. Grandview is scheduled to resume CWAC league play this week, with road matches scheduled at Toppenish on Tuesday and at Connell on Thursday.


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