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Grandview girls suffer first CWAC loss

BENTON CITY - A name out of Sunnyside's past - Linehan - surfaced last night to haunt the Grandview High School girls volleyball team.

Chelsea Linehan, whose lineage is directly linked to the Linehan clan that helped put Sunnyside on the sports map back in the 60's and 70's, powered the Kiona-Benton Bears to a three games to one victory over the Greyhound spikers.

For Grandview (8-1), Thursday evening's loss was its first in CWAC South Division play. Ki-Be (7-1), by avenging the 3-0 loss it suffered at the hands of Grandview back in mid-September, basically moved into a first place tie in the conference standings with the 'Hounds.

Like Grandview, the Bears bring skilled players to all the positions on the floor. But it was Linehan who was the deciding factor last night. The powerful hitter stood tall at the net, slamming shot after shot at the Greyhounds. When all was said and done, Linehan ended with a match high 35 kills.

Although Ki-Be pulled off the unlikely upset over the state ranked 'Hounds, considered by many as the top 2A team in Washington, the Bears must have figured they were headed to defeat when Grandview won the opening contest, 25-21.

Grandview was paced at the net last night by sophomore Christine Penwell and freshman Kinzi Poteet, who slammed 14 and 11 kills, respectively.

The Bears, behind Linehan's net play, fought back to square the match at one-all with a 25-20 victory in game two. Riding the momentum, Ki-Be struck for a 25-19 win in the third set.

With their backs against the wall, the 'Hounds gave Ki-Be all it could handle in game four, fighting tooth-and-nail to send the match to a deciding fifth game. Game four eventually got extended into overtime before Ki-Be pulled out a 30-28 match deciding win.

Grandview looks to rebound from last night's loss at an invitational scheduled to be played in Olympia tomorrow (Saturday). The Lady Greyhounds will return to CWAC play next Thursday, Oct. 20, at Othello (4-4).

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