Friday, September 16, 2011
TOPPENISH - For the second time in three days the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team ralled from behind to win a road match.
Last night, Thursday, Grandview had its back against the wall at Toppenish before pulling out a 3-2 win.
The host Wildcats won the first game 26-24, before Grandview answered with a 25-15 victory in game two.
"They made the plays they needed and we made a couple of poor plays," Grandview Coach John LaFever said of Toppenish's first game victory. "We played a little bit better in the second game."
Toppenish looked poised for an upset after edging Grandview again in game three, 25-20.
"Toppenish played pretty well, we did not go in there prepared to play our best," LaFever said. "I think the girls expected Toppenish was a weak team."
Grandview found a way to tie the contest at two games each by ekeing out a 25-23 win in game four. "We were far ahead in game four and they caught up," the coach said.
That set the stage for a decisive game five, which Grandview won 15-9 paced by service runs by Crystal Navarro and Lexy Valenzuela. "That gave us the lead and we cruised," said LaFever.
Payton Parrish not only led Grandview with 35 assists to go with eight kills, she also helped the Lady Greyhounds maintain their poise when facing difficulty.
"Payton kept the team together pretty well, she's one of our most experienced girls," said LaFever.
Grandview was also helped by Taylor Hall's team high 25 kills and Mikaela Espinoza added 15 kills.
Grandview (3-1) doesn't return to action until hosting Wapato next Thursday.
Until then, LaFever says his squad will focus on "basic training, fundamentals."