ELLENSBURG - The Grandview High School volleyball team picked up where it left off last season by opening the 2007 campaign with a perfect 3-0 mark at last night's Ellensburg Jamboree.
The Lady Greyhounds won all six games they played at Ellensburg, starting with a 25-14, 25-11 sweep of Cascade High School out of Leavenworth.
Grandview followed that with a 25-7, 25-9 romp over Ephrata and nipping the host Bulldogs by scores of 25-19, 25-15.
Ellensburg has a host of returning seniors and has competed at the last two State volleyball tourneys. Even so, it didn't quite have enough gas in the tank to catch the Lady Greyhounds.
"We pulled out ahead and stayed there," said Grandview Coach John LaFever. "Ellensburg thought (it) could hang with us, but we kind of played okay."
LaFever added, "We had real good team balance." Raissa Licano led Grandview at the net with 20 combined kills for the three matches, followed by Kinzi Poteet's 13 kills and six stuffed blocks.
Kealey Johnston and Jessica Gonzalez hustled for 30 and 28 digs, respectively, for Grandview to keep the momentum going through all three matches.
Junior Vanessa Medina saw her first varsity action for the Lady Greyhounds last night, dishing out 55 assists during the three matches.
LaFever said Grandview has made some minor changes in its offensive strategy since last season. Last night, for example, the Lady Greyhounds focused on plays that forced the opposition to move from side to side in response to the attack. "It really stretches the other team," LaFever said.
The season is still early, and LaFever said his squad needs to improve its player positioning on the court heading into this Thursday's CWAC South opener at Wapato.
"We're going to be a good team," he says. "We just have to look towards improving."