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Salmon River tops Grangeville Tournament as Shepherd stars up front

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Salmon River's Chevelle Shepherd had a series of solo blocks early in the match that decided the Grangeville Tournament, which the Savages went on to win in two sets over Prairie. Hitting at right is Prairie's Josie Peery, whose play in the middle of the front row helped the Pirates reach the tournament final.

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Salmon River's Chevelle Shepherd had a series of solo blocks early in the match that decided the Grangeville Tournament, which the Savages went on to win in two sets over Prairie. Hitting at right is Prairie's Josie Peery, whose play in the middle of the front row helped the Pirates reach the tournament final.



— During the last of five matches the Salmon River girls won, in a total of 10 sets, during the Grangeville Tournament, Salmon River front-liner Chevelle Shepherd had a series of solo blocks that staked out a 6-0 lead for SRHS, prompting a Prairie timeout. The Savages led that game by as many as 10, and went on to win the finale 25-14, 25-17.

“It's a tournament early in the season and the girls are hungry,” Salmon River head coach Paula Tucker said. “I hope they can sustain it. As a group they really played together well and having the freshmen and all the young girls playing that strong was good. They had a couple of mental letdowns, but they're pretty good about closing that gap.”

Earlier in the day, results were as follows.

In Pool A: Grangeville def. Clearwater Valley 2-0 (25-12,25-11); Salmon River def. Logos 2-0 (25-15,25-20); Logos def. Grangeville 2-0 (25-19,27-25); Salmon River def. Clearwater Valley 2-0 (25-10,25-9); Salmon River def. Grangeville 2-0 (25-12,25-9) and Logos def. Clearwater Valley.. In Pool B: Summit def. Kamiah 2-0 (25-23,25-8); Prairie def. Nezperce 2-0 (25-18,25-10); Nezperce def. Summit 2-1 (22-25,25-17,15-13); Prairie def. Kamiah 2-0 (25-15,25-18); Prairie def. Summit 2-0 (25-13,25-13) and Summit def. Nezperce.

In bracket play: Summit def. Logos; Grangeville def. Nezperce; Prairie def. Summit; Salmon River def. Grangeville; and Salmon River def. Prairie 2-0 (25-14,25-17).

Up next for Grangeville is a home match Thursday night against Lapwai, with JV at 6 p.m. and varsity to follow. Next Monday, Sept. 25, the Grangeville varsity is set to host Summit at 7:30 p.m.

Up next for Prairie is a Thursday night, Sept. 21, visit to Genesee followed by a Tuesday, Sept. 26 home match against Lapwai.

Up next for CV is a Sept. 23 home tri-match with Potlatch at 1 p.m. and Deary at 3 p.m.

Up next for Salmon River is a Sept. 23 tri-match at Meadows Valley with Tri-Valley.

Up next for Kamiah is a Sept. 21 trip to Orofino followed by a Sept. 23 trip to Pomeroy.



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