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Lady Greyhounds punch ticket to State

MOXEE - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds volleyball team earned its 12th consecutive trip to the State tourney this past Saturday by finishing second at the CWAC District tourney.

Grandview clinched its 14th trip to State in the past 15 years with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Ellensburg.

The Lady Greyhounds prevailed 25-17, 24-26, 25-8, 23-25, 15-8.

"We were ready to put the match away in the second and fourth games, but Ellensburg came back," Grandview Coach John LaFever said, noting the Bulldogs had a height advantage.

Kaitee Eucker helped clinch the victory for Grandview with a string of service points in the fifth and deciding game. "They had an early lead, but we caught up and were able to have a good rotation," La Fever said.

That set the stage for a District title match with Selah, which handed Grandview its only league loss earlier in the season.

The Vikings took control and defeated Grandview 25-13, 25-11, 25-20 to grab the CWAC District title. Grandview claimed second place.

Taylor Hall led Grandview with 20 kills in the two matches combined. Teammate Adriana Ramos contributed 15 kills, eight blocks and eight digs.

Also helping the Lady Greyhounds' effort were Hayley Smasne with 10 kills and nine service points.

Payton Parrish helped pace the Lady Greyhounds' attack with 49 assists to go with 11 digs, eight blocks and six kills.

Mikeala Espinoza helped spark Grandview at the net with 12 kills.

Besides 19 service points, Eucker contributed 10 assists and 14 digs for the Lady Greyhounds.

The Lady Greyhounds now prepare for the Regional tourney this Saturday at University High School in Spokane.

Grandview's berth at the State 2A tourney is assured, the Regional tournament will decide seeding for the big dance.

Grandview will play two matches at Regionals, with the first one being at 3 p.m. Saturday against Prosser or West Valley of Spokane.

A win in the opening round match at Regionals would assure Grandview no worse than a second-seed at State.

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