Volleyball jamborees get teams going

Greyhounds, Mustangs and Grizzlies take to the court


Ashley Ripplinger of Prosser spikes the ball against Grandview’s Bailey Duis as teammates Kayla Lind (6) and Brandi Groeneveld (1) watch.

— Getting a feel for the competition in jamborees Saturday were the Grandview, Prosser and Sunnyside volleyball teams.

The Greyhounds hosted the Mustangs and East Valley (Yakima), while the Grizzlies took part in the Richland Jamboree against the Bombers, Pasco, Chiawana and Hanford.

The Mustangs and East Valley took to the courts in the first match-up at Grandview High School.

Prosser prevailed over the Red Devils, but results were not available as of press time.

East Valley faced the Greyhounds second and lost, 1-2.

Grandview kept a good pace in the first set. There was a rally when the score reached 11-4. That’s when the Red Devils began its own scoring run, bringing the score to 15-9.

East Valley continued digging and regained control over the next few volleys, narrowing Grandview’s lead to 16-12.

The Greyhounds took possession for a serving and the teams continued back and forth, trading points until Grandview clinched the win at 25-17.

In the second set between the teams, East Valley opened with a 6-3 lead.

The Greyhounds caught up and took control for an 8-6 score with a few well-placed balls in the center of the Red Devils defense.

A miscue in the middle of the Greyhounds back line gave East Valley the ability to regain momentum for the next 6 unanswered points, giving the Red Devils a 12-8 scoring advantage.

Grandview finally dropped the ball just where it wanted it and brought the set to 12-all after a rally.

A short-lived celebration was at hand before East Valley regained its own composure and regained control, adding 2 points to its tally.

The teams battled back-and-forth through the remainder of the set, trading points until it was decided by the Red Devils, 25-23.

With a tie in two sets, the teams decided the winner of the match, playing to 15 in a third.

The Greyhounds captured the win with a 15-5 score.

Against the Mustangs, Grandview had a tougher go of things.

They were a little tired after playing three, Prosser won the match, 2-1.

The first set was decided by a 25-11 score.

Grandview rallied to win the second set, 25-21, before the Mustangs put it away by a 15-2 score in the third.

Grandview’s Bailey Duis collected 7 aces, 18 kills and 10 digs throughout the jamboree.

Teammate Karina Fajardo had 5 kills, 5 blocks and 18 digs; Elaina Garcia scored 2 aces and 6 kills; Cassidy Eucker had 2 aces, 9 digs and 12 service points; and Alexa Rodriguez tallied 2 kills, 9 assists and 7 digs.

At Richland, the Grizzlies varsity and JV both took to the court.

“JV started off slow and came back in the end to beat Hanford in a close game, 26-24,” coach Jamie Palmer said.

The varsity team competed against Kennewick, “... running some great plays,” she said.

In the middle of the set, there were some struggles resulting in a 12-25 loss.

The Grizzlies had 8 kills and “... amazing defensive digs from our back row,” Plamer said.

The team lost, 18-25.

Sunnyside also suffered an 11-25 loss to Hanford, a 16-25 loss to Pasco and a 5-25 loss against Richland.


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