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Grangeville Tournament

Clearwater Valley senior Savannah McHone and the Rams battled through a three-game win over Nezperce to reach the tourney final.

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Clearwater Valley senior Savannah McHone and the Rams battled through a three-game win over Nezperce to reach the tourney final.

— At the conclusion of a long day of volleyball, the Clearwater Valley Rams rallied from a game down to beat host Grangeville in three (12-25, 25-21, 19-17), as senior middle Raelynn Schlieper shook off an apparent upper body injury to ice the finale for CV.

The Rams had come back from a game down during the semifinal against Nezperce after Schlieper substituted out midway through the second game; CV forced a third game and won it with a late surge. With knockout round wins over the Bulldogs and the Indians, Clearwater Valley rose from among eight present to claim the Grangeville Tournament title last Saturday, Sept. 13.

Against Grangeville, Schlieper delivered a well-placed tip to cap off a back-and-forth battle of School District 244 rivals.

The Rams also got sharp play from seniors Mika Charley (three blocks) and Kayla Martin (19 kills), as well as juniors Shalynn Gutzman (56 assists) and Kacee Miskin (56 digs).

Up next, the Rams (5-8) will visit Orofino Sept. 22.

G’ville goes 4-1

Earlier in the day, Grangeville beat CV (25-14, 25-4).

The Bulldogs trounced Highland (25-19, 25-17), Cascade (25-9, 25-16), and Summit (25-15, 25-16) en route to the knockout round.

Juniors Hailey Sullivan (19 kills, 14 aces, 38 digs), Sarah Wilson (21 kills) and Madison Brown (17 aces, 22 kills) had big days, as did sophomore Maicee Conner (23 aces, 14 kills, 35 digs).

The Bulldogs appeared to have a firm grip on the title match on several occasions, none tighter than leading the tiebreaker 5-1 after winning a couple of long rally points.

CV evened it at 11-11 on an ace by Martin, then retied it at 14-14 on a kill by Charley.

Brown’s ace set up match point for Grangeville at 17-16, but Martin’s serve yielded three straight for CV.

Wilson and McKenzie Kennedy were named to the all-tournament team, as were Ally Sonnen of Summit and Sarah Laritz of Salmon River.

Up next, Grangeville (9-3) will play at the Prairie JV tournament on Saturday, Sept. 20, and the varsity will visit Prairie next Monday, Sept. 22.

Salmon River wins “B” side

On the consolation court, Salmon River won its last match of the day, having lost only to Nezperce.

“This was the first tournament for any of these girls,” Salmon River coach Paula Tucker noted.


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