GRANDVIEW - After a first game scare, the Grandview High School varsity volleyball squad righted the ship and rallied for a 25-27, 25-23, 25-10, 25-19 win at home last night, Tuesday, in CWAC South play.
"We had a few girls who missed their serve and East Valley was ready to play a good match," Grandview Coach John LaFever said of the game one loss to the Red Devils. It was the first game Grandview has lost in league play all season.
Grandview evened the match with the tight game two victory. "We had the lead almost all the way but they (the Red Devils) got close. They kept the game competitive," LaFever observed.
The third game looked like it might go down to the wire as well.
"We had the lead, but Jessica Gonzalez had a serving run that really helped us expand our lead," the coach noted.
The Lady Greyhounds then made sure they remained unbeaten in league play with the game four victory. LaFever said Grandview's lead was at six points or better throughout the match-clinching win.
Kinzi Poteet led a balanced Grandview net attack, as she teamed up with Sydney Mottice and Raissa Licano for 37 kills. Licano also had seven blocks.
East Valley, which will finish second to Grandview in the CWAC South, had a tough time getting the ball past the Greyhound back line, as Katie Veloz and Kealey Johnston had 28 and 30 digs, respectively.
"They did a good job," LaFever observed.
Veloz also had 12 service points.
With the win, the Lady Greyhounds moved to 26-2 overall including tourney play and 12-0 in league play.
Grandview closes out the regular season at home against Selah tomorrow, Thursday, in a rematch of last year's 2A State tourney final in which the Vikings defeated the Lady Greyhounds.
LaFever said he is tinkering slightly with his team's rotation heading into the Selah match.
"We'll make a couple of adjustments," he said.
Selah is first in the CWAC North, Grandview first in the CWAC South. Both are assured first round home matches in District tourney play next week.
Tomorrow's match, then is essentially for bragging rights and a spotless league record heading into the postseason.
"They're champs of the north and we're champs of the south," LaFever said.