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Grandview maintains grip on league lead

MOXEE - CWAC volleyball powerhouse Grandview rolled into East Valley last night, Tuesday, to take on the second place Red Devils in a key league match.

Playing their toughest opponent to date, the Lady Greyhounds still rolled to a 25-12, 25-15, 25-17 victory. It marked one of the few times this season that a Grandview opponent has been able to reach double figures in all three games.

The third and final game was probably Grandview's tightest so far this season. Lady Greyhound Coach John LaFever said the game was at one point tied 12-12 before Grandview pulled away.

"We had a pretty balanced attack," LaFever said. Grandview was led by Raissa Licano, who recorded eight kills and four blocks. "We established Raissa pretty early on and she did a good job in the middle," LaFever observed.

Grandview's Kealey Johnston knocked down seven kills and hit the floor for 15 digs.

Also helping the Lady Greyhound cause were Vanessa Medina and Katie Veloz, who hustled for 29 assists and 20 digs, respectively. Veloz also delivered 15 service points, including three aces.

After cruising through its earlier matches this season, Grandview benefited from last night's close contest.

"We need to play in some closer, tougher games," LaFever said. "It helps us find out what things we need to improve on. It will show us the spots that we can improve on."

LaFever said last night's match demonstrated his team's need to dictate match play better, and improve in the areas of passing and digging.

"We just want to control the ballgame a little bit better," he noted. "We want to dictate more of the action, do the things the way we want to do them."

Grandview (4-0 in league) returns to action tomorrow, Thursday, for a non-league tilt at Kiona-Benton.

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