GENESEE — Grangeville dropped the first match of the day last Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Pea and Lentil Tournament in Genesee. Clark Fork beat GHS (25-14, 22-25, 15-12) in pool play as did Pomeroy (25-15, 25-18), and Pomeroy went on to win the first-place match.
“We did not play well against Clark Fork first thing in the morning, and that loss hurt in the pool play.,” GHS coach Kelcey Edwards said.
Grangeville beat Deary 25-10, 25-8, beat Gar-Pal 25-12, 25-16, and beat Logos 25-23, 25-23 in the consolation final.
On the day, Kenzie Kennedy served nine aces and Rachel Kelley served eight aces and tallied 12 kills. Maicee Conner totaled 10 kills and four aces.
Earlier in the week, Kendrick took a five-set win on the Bulldogs’ home floor (21-25, 26-24, 19-25, 25-20, 15-8).
Paige Lindsley notched nine kills against Kendrick last Thursday night, Sept. 29, while Maicee Conner and Rachel Kelley put down five apiece.
During the second set, Grangeville led by four at 15-11 and by five at 20-15 before the Tigers clawed their way to a level score at 23-23. GHS regained the lead, 24-23, but Kendrick scored the next three to even up the match at one game apiece.
GHS led the third by six, 16-10 and Kendrick trimmed that to two, 21-19, before GHS closed the set with a run at the end.
Kendrick took a 7-2 lead in the fourth and Grangeville closed within two, 11-9, with Kelley serving, and again within two, 16-14, with Kennedy serving. But the fourth never closed within a point and the fifth set swung to Kendrick with the Tigers turning a 4-3 lead into an 11-3 advantage.
Up next, Grangeville is set to visit Prairie on Oct. 11, visit Orofino on Oct. 12 and host St. Maries on Oct. 15.
CV, Kamiah host Genesee, Troy
A big Monday night saw the teams currently ranked first and second in the Whitepine League sweep the teams ranked sixth and seventh, as neither Troy nor Genesee dropped a single set Oct. 3 in Kooskia or Kamiah.
Genesee beat Kamiah 25-23, 25-19, 25-11 and beat Clearwater Valley 25-8, 25-15, 25-7, while Troy beat CV 25-4, 25-6, 25-11 and beat Kamiah 25-8, 25-14, 25-14.
Up next, Kamiah is set to close out regular season play with a home match against CV on Oct. 11. The Kubs will visit Lapwai on Oct. 6.
CV has five matches remaining, including league matches against Potlatch and Prairie on Oct. 8 in Kooskia and at Kamiah on Oct. 11.
Troy sweeps Prairie
COTTONWOOD — The Trojans served their way past the Pirates last Thursday night, Sept. 29, at PHS, taking a key Whitepine League match from third-place Prairie 25-19, 25-14, 25-17. Earlier in the week, PHS took a four-setter from Lapwai (25-15, 24-26, 25-20, 25-12) to keep alive the Pirates’ hopes of climbing higher in the standings.
But with two weeks left in the regular season, Troy and Genesee have locked up the two highest district tournament seeds.
Up next, PHS has road matches Oct. 8 at CV and Oct. 13 at Potlatch.
Prairie will host Grangeville next Tuesday, Oct. 11.