GRANDVIEW – After getting out to a quick 2-0 lead, the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team fell 3-2 at home against Ellensburg last night.
The Bulldogs are contenders in the CWAC this year, and Grandview proved every bit as capable Thursday night with close 25-19 and 25-21 wins in the first two games.
Ellensburg found its tracking from there, though, as it prevailed 25-19 and 25-23 in the next two games. That set up a deciding fifth game, which the Bulldogs won 15-10.
“We had lots of energy and grabbed the momentum, but we lost it and couldn’t get it back,” said Grandview Coach Becky Ramirez.
Evann Swearingen dished out 34 assists to pace the Grandview attack to go with 11 digs and five aces.
Suzie Medina hustled for a team-high 22 digs on defense for the Lady Greyhounds, and teammate Taylor Hall, last week’s WIAA 2A female athlete of the week, was strong at the net with 18 kills and four blocks to go with 15 digs.
Grandview’s Samantha Grove knocked down eight kills and had a team-high eight blocks. “She really found a groove with her blocks,” said Ramirez.
Also giving GHS a boost was Hannah Pond with 12 digs, eight kills and two aces. Teammate Kaysie Kollmar added four kills and three digs.
Grandview (1-1, 4-3) competes at the Spokane Crossover Classic tomorrow, Saturday.
Ramirez says consistency was a talking point with her team last night after the tough loss to Ellensburg.
“We really have to find a way to come together as a team, have faith we can get the job done,” she said. “We have to play our game continuously, even when things aren’t going well.”