ST. MARIES — With a run of stong play last Saturday morning, Sept. 27, Grangeville defeated both St. Maries and Coeur d’Alene Charter in straight sets. Because Orofino stumbled against St. Maries, the tri-match sweep put GHS atop the Central Idaho League standings.
Grangeville recorded 11 kills during its win over Charter (25-19, 25-17, 25-15) — and Grangeville
attacked even more efficiently against St. Maries (25-20, 25-16, 25-17).
“The first set was close, but the next two sets were not as close,” coach Kelcey Edwards said. “These were big road wins since we only play one league match at home this year. Now we need to do the same thing in a couple of weeks when we go to Orofino to play the same two teams.”
Junior outside hitter Sarah Wilson recorded 11 kills against Charter (3.7 per game) and junior middle Hailey Sullivan led the team in attack percentage with eight kills on 15 attempts (53 percent). Sullivan added six aces without an error on serves. Sullivan and Kenzie Kennedy recorded 10 digs apiece.
Against St. Maries, Wilson recorded a team-high nine kills on 21 attempts (38 percent). Senior setter Addie Lutz averaged 8.5 assists per game with 51 for the day.
Up next, Grangeville (11-5, 2-0 CIL) played at Orofino after the press deadline Tuesday, Sept. 30.
This week, GHS will host Kendrick and Summit for an Oct. 2 tri-match and compete at Genesee’s annual Pea and Lentil Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 4. Grangeville is scheduled to play at Cascade on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
GHS has another league tri-match against St. Maries and Charter looming on Oct. 11 at Orofino.
At the end of the regular season, Grangeville has two home dates: a league match against Orofino on Oct. 16, and a non-league “Dig Pink” match against Clearwater Valley on Oct. 14.
Pirates pound Lapwai
COTTONWOOD — Prairie topped Lapwai in straight sets (25-16, 25-17, 25-13) last Thursday night, Sept. 25, as senior outside hitter Kayla Schumacher pounded down 13 kills (4.3 per game).
Junior middle Shayla Vonbargen recorded six kills and junior setter Hailey Danly pumped eight aces and 18 assists.
The win bumped Prairie’s record up to 8-2 on the season two nights after Troy dealt the Pirates their second Whitepine League loss of the year. PHS took Troy to extra points during the third game (25-22, 25-17, 26-24). Sophomore Abbey Blum powered Troy’s attack with 20 kills (6.6 per game).
Up next, Prairie (10-4, 4-2 WPL) hosted Troy after the press deadline Tuesday, Sept. 30. PHS will host Clearwater Valley on Oct. 2, will travel to Genesee’s Pea and Lentil Tournament on Oct. 4, and will host Potlatch on Oct. 7. The Pirates will play Genesee on Oct. 9 and visit Kamiah on Oct. 14.
CV tops Kamiah, Potlatch
KAMIAH — Clearwater Valley picked up two league wins last week. During a straight sets win at Kamiah (25-10, 25-21, 25-16) last Thursday, Sept. 25, the Rams offense operated on effective serving, passing, setting and hitting by Shalynn Gutzman (seven aces, 24 assists), Savannah McHone (nine kills, 13 digs) and Felicia Reuben (seven aces).
At home against Potlatch on Sept. 23, CV won the first two games only for the Loggers to rally to win the next two, forcing a fifth. The Rams regrouped in the fifth to win (25-20, 25-17, 18-25, 23-25, 15-8).
Gutzman booked seven aces and 22 assists against Potlatch; seniors Raelynn Schlieper, Felicia Reuben, Mika Charley, Kayla Martin, Savannah McHone, Pypre Nakano and Emily Harding posted the lion’s share of the stats as CV celebrated senior night. Notably, Schlieper made 16 kills (5.3 per game) and McHone served a perfect 30-for-30.
At home against Lapwai on Sept. 23, Kamiah fell in straight sets (10-25, 19-25, 9-25).
Up next for Clearwater Valley (4-8, 3-6 Whitepine League) are road games at Prairie on Oct. 2 and at Troy for their regular season finale on Oct. 9.
Up next for Kamiah (0-11, 0-7 WPL) are road games at Genesee and at Troy on Thursday, Oct. 2, and a trip to Potlatch on Oct. 9. Kamiah’s regular season finale is slated for Oct. 14 at Prairie.