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State's third-ranked Vikings hand Greyhounds first CWAC loss

GRANDVIEW - The Selah Vikings, ranked number three in the state among 2A teams and atop the standings in the CWAC North, handed CWAC South leading Grandview its first conference loss last night, winning 25-12, 25-20, 25-16.

"We don't' match up very well with them," Grandview Coach John LaFever said.

Grandview is a very young team and LaFever said the Vikings are loaded with seniors, giving them an edge in experience. The Lady Greyhounds win a lot of their games with their defensive play, and LaFever said Selah does too.

"They do all the things we do well, just better," LaFever added.

LaFever said the first and third games were competitive but Selah consistently had better runs than Grandview. The Vikings were able to use their defense to dictate when the Greyhounds could score points.

Grandview had a great opportunity to win the second game and get some momentum going its way. The Lady 'Hounds led and controlled the game throughout and at one point led 20-19. LaFever said that's when Selah reeled off six straight points to get the game two win.

Mikeala Espinoza and Haley Smasne paced the Greyhounds with five kills each. Adriana Ramos added four kills, as well. Freshman Payton Parrish added three kills, two blocks, eight assists and 10 digs for the Greyhounds. Jessica Hall had three kills and Brandi Atkinson had 11 assists.

Gabby Sauve had 16 digs for the Greyhounds, Kaitee Eucker added 11 and Crystal Navarro contributed seven.

LaFever said he has a pretty good list of what his team learned from last night's match.

"We need to make a few adjustments and need to get tougher," he said. "We will be able to work on these things this weekend at the crossover."

Grandview (7-1, 9-2) will travel to Spokane this weekend to compete in the Crossover Classic volleyball tournament.

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