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Grandview prepares for playoffs with win over Wapato Wolfpack

WAPATO - A fired up Wapato Wolves volleyball team gave CWAC power Grandview a tough test before the Greyhounds were able to pull away 19-25, 25-12, 25-22, 25-23 for their 14th win of the season.

Grandview Coach John LaFever said it was senior night in Wapato and the Wolves had five seniors on their team.

"They went after it," he said of the Wolves.

After losing the first game of the match Grandview stormed back to take the second game with ease.

"We played a little better," LaFever said. "Wapato is pretty dominating in the middle so our outside hitters had to pick up the slack."

LaFever pointed out the play of Payton Parrish, who finished the match with 11 kills, 14 assists, 14 digs, nine service points and four aces, as being instrumental in neutralizing Wapato's middle players.

In the fourth game Grandview was behind for most of it but caught the Wolves at 23 points and then went on to score two more points to win the game and the match.

The close match didn't surprise LaFever, who said most of the teams heading into the CWAC District Tournament are pretty close and it's easy to get knocked off.

"You got to keep on your toes," he added.

Adriana Ramos finished the night with 10 kills, five blocks and eight digs for the Greyhounds. Teammate Haley Smasne had four kills, five blocks, 10 digs and nine service points.

Jessica Hall had five kills and four blocks for Grandview. Brandi Atkinson finished with three kills, 15 assists, 11 digs and 10 service points.

"She had a good game," LaFever said of Atkinson's play.

Rounding out the Grandview stats were Mikeala Espinoza with three digs, Gabby Suave with 30 digs and four service points, Crystal Navarro with eight digs and Marlee Andrews with three digs.

The Lady 'Hounds now have a week to prepare for its first District game on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.

Prosser will play Ephrata on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The winner of that game will then take on Ellensburg at Grandview on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m.

The winner of that game will then play Grandview at 7 p.m.

"We're pretty happy with where we are," LaFever said. "We'll see what happens from there."

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