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Grandview girls roll past Toppenish

TOPPENISH - It was a battle of cats and dogs last night, with the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team coming out on top over the host Toppenish Wildcats, 3-1.

Toppenish actually won the first game, edging past Grandview 25-23. But the Lady Greyhounds took control for good in the second game, claiming a 29-27 thriller to knot the match at one win apiece.

Grandview built on its momentum in the match with wins in games three and four by identical scores of 25-17.

“We really started playing smarter and working well together,” Grandview Coach Becky Ramirez said of last night’s win, the Lady Greyhounds’ second consecutive victory.

In particular, she said her team showed great improvement over the final three games last night in the area of offense.

“We started running our offense, running plays for our hitters to find holes in their (the Wildcats) defense,” said Ramirez.

Taylor Hall was one of the key beneficiaries of Grandview’s renewed focus at the net, pounding a team-high 23 kills to go with 12 blocks.

Samantha Grove added nine kills for Grandview and teammate Hannah Pond collected seven kills to go with 14 digs.

Suzie Medina led Grand-view on defense, hustling for a team-high 18 digs. Teammate Evann Swearingen also tallied in double figures for digs with 11 to go with 37 assists.

Grandview (4-4, 7-6) returns to action next Tuesday against visiting Ephrata.

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