BUHL — Though the Bulldogs were eliminated on the first day of play at state, coach Kelcey Edwards counts Grangeville’s trip to the 2A volleyball tournament as a positive experience for a team that will return players at most positions next year.
“I feel we had a very successful season,” Edwards said. “We entered the season with some question marks and we answered those early in the season. We were able to meet some of our season goals.”
“With Addie being our only senior we have a core group coming back that know what they need to do for next year to compete for a trophy at state,” he added.
During the opening round last Friday, Oct. 31, Nampa Christian defeated Grangeville in three sets (25-16, 25-14, 25-18). Nampa Christian was eliminated by the eventual runner-up, Firth.
Madison Brown posted 10 kills (3.3 per game), but Nampa Christian's attack proved effective against Grangeville's defense.
“We struggled a little with Nampa's serve,” GHS coach Kelcey Edwards said. “Nampa also ran a lot of quick hits to the middle region of the net and we had difficulty digging these shots. Nampa played a style of volleyball we have not seen this year and catching up to their pace of play was an issue for us. I felt we played with them when we passed their serve receive, but eventually we over passed too many balls and Nampa Christian was able to play their style.”
During its final match of 2014, Grangeville won the first set but eventually fell to West Side in five (23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12).
GHS finished 22-12 overall record and foresees nine returning to the varsity in 2015.