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Greyhounds survive thriller at East Valley

MOXEE - Just four points away from their second league loss of the year, the Grandview High School volleyball team benefited from the precision serving of Kaitee Eucker to come away last night with a thrilling 17-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-23, 15-11 win over the East Valley Red Devils.

The win keeps Grandview perfect in the CWAC South and 9-1 in the conference. The Greyhounds' only loss in league play this year has been to CWAC North leader Selah.

Grandview Coach John LaFever said his team was down 10-4 in the fifth and final game when Eucker came up to serve. She calmly ripped off eight points, including five aces to put Grandview up 12-10. After the Red Devils got a side-out the Lady 'Hounds were able to finish off the match with three straight points.

"It was an interesting team effort," LaFever said. "They (East Valley) are real powerful and we're scrappy."

The Red Devils just outplayed the Greyhounds in the first game, LaFever said. East Valley has an opportunity to go up two games to zero when they held a 24-23 lead in the second game, but Grandview came back to steal the game.

In the third game East Valley took advantage of Greyhound miscues to control play and win 25-17 to go up two games to one.

Grandview almost had a meltdown in the fourth game. The Greyhounds were up 24-20 when the Red Devils began to close on them. East Valley closed the gap to 24-23 before Grandview was able to get a point and force a game five.

Adriana Ramos finished the evening with seven kills and five blocks for the Greyhounds. Haley Smasne added 11 service points, including one ace, 10 kills, four blocks and three digs. Eucker had 18 service points on the night, five aces and 11 digs.

Payton Parrish also had a good night for the Greyhounds. She finished with nine service points, two aces, 10 kills and 15 assists. Jessica Hall added four kills and five blocks.

Grandview's Brandi Atkinson contributed 14 assists, three service points and five digs. Teammate Mikeala Espinoza had four kills, three digs and three blocks. Gabby Sauve finished with six service points, three aces and 18 digs. Crystal Navarro had eight digs and Marlee Andrews finished with three digs.

"It was real nice team effort," LaFever added.

Grandview will now take five days off before hosting Toppenish on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.

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