TOPPENISH - After a close battle in the first game, the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team cruised to victory at Toppenish last night with a 25-17, 25-8, 25-13 win.
Thursday night's match saw game one played evenly until frosh phenom Taylor Hall delivered six consecutive service points to help Grandview pull away.
The Lady Greyhounds benefitted throughout the match from a strong service game, as Lexi Valenzuela and Payton Parrish had 11 and 10 service points for the match, respectively.
Coach John LaFever said another key to pulling away from Toppenish - "They played pretty well," he said of the Wildcats - was Grandview's game at the net.
"The girls finally took a good look at what they were doing, stepped up and played better," he said.
The improved play at the net was sparked by Adriana Ramos with 11 kills.
Parrish helped pace the Grandview attack with 33 assists, and teammate Gabby Sauve hustled for 13 digs. Parrish added 12 digs.
Grandview, 12-1 in league play, wraps up the regular season next Tuesday when it hosts Wapato. It will be senior night for the Lady Greyhounds as the match will be the home finale.
Grandview appears to have an inside track on earning the CWAC's second seed at Districts. The Lady Greyhounds would have to defeat Wapato, and state title contender Selah, which is in first place, would have to defeat Ellensburg to ensure Grandview the second seed.
If Grandview wins and if Ellensburg upsets Selah, that would create a three-way tie for first place. If that scenario takes place, Grandview would get the CWAC's third seed because of the results of a pre-season draw.
Second place is a big deal heading into Districts, LaFever says, because the top two teams only have to win one match to punch their tickets to the State tourney.
1 John Fannin 10/22/2010 2:00 PM