GRANDVIEW - It may have been a non-league match, but the Vikings were still tough opponents for the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team as it lost last night, Tuesday, 3-0 to visiting Selah.
The first regulation match for both squads, the youthful Grandview line-up fields three freshmen and it was a trial by fire of sorts against a Selah team that is a perennial state contender.
"Selah's really good, they run a pretty sophisticated year-round program," says Grandview Coach John LaFever.
After dropping the first set 21-12, the Lady Greyhounds showed progress in making things closer in sets two and three before losing 25-18 and 25-18.
"We were less nervous," LaFever said of his team's improvement during the second and third sets, "We're not all that experienced and that's a very experienced team we played. That created some tension at the beginning but we actually competed pretty well."
Veteran Payton Parrish led Grandview with nine kills, five assists, four digs and one block.
The Lady Greyhounds' trio of freshmen players also stepped up, as libero Suzie Medina hustled for four digs while serving for two aces. Another frosh player, Hannah Pond, collected six digs and pounded two kills at the net while dishing up two aces.
Grandview's third freshman, Evann Swearingen, smacked one kill while contributing five assists and five digs.
The Lady Greyhounds also received a boost at the net from Samantha Grove's four kills and five blocks. Serving specialist Alissa Garcia nailed three aces for Grandview.
The competition doesn't get any easier for Grandview (0-1), which this coming Saturday will play Davis, Oak Harbor and Richland at the Yakima Valley Sundome Volleyball Festival.