GRANGEVILLE — During their first match of the season, the GHS volleyball girls saw the opposition score practically every other point on an error.
“The first game was way too many errors on our side,” GHS head coach Pat Sullivan said. “We had an estimated 35 to 38 errors. We definitely played a lot better on Saturday. We had far less errors. We had a good conversation on Friday and a solid practice. We were a little more relaxed against McCall. We competed really hard against McCall. ... I liked our lack of errors. McCall earned their points.”
Jakaili Norman had four kills and four blocks against Kendrick as the Tigers prevailed 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-10).
Against McCall, Hayden Hill tallied 11 assists and Molly DeFord tallied nine, while Paige Lindsley booked eight kills and five digs. Zoe Lutz struck nine kills and Norman scored five aces along with nine kills and eight blocks.
McCall led the first game at the outset, but Grangeville pulled ahead 11-10 on serving by DeFord, who took over at down by two. She delivered an ace followed by two serves the Vandals failed to return, and Grangeville led until McKelly Meske rattled off three in a row for the Vandals.
DeFord’s turn leveled the score at 21-all, and Grangeville leveled it again at 25 with a kill by Norman coming out of a timeout. McCall kept up the pressure and eventually took the game.
The Vandals went on to win the match 3-1 (27-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-15), but not before the Bulldogs took down their first set of record under Sullivan.
During the third game, Grangeville opened up a 12-6 lead. McCall rallied to tie, 14-14, with Lily Beltran serving off four in a row. GHS regained the lead and extended it late in the set.
Next, Grangeville (0-2) hosted Kamiah after the print deadline on Sept. 11, and is scheduled to host Orofino Thursday, Sept. 13. On Saturday, GHS hosts a JV/C tournament, and on Monday, Sept. 17, Grangeville hosts Clearwater Valley.
“We’re going to continue to fine-tune our rotations, continue to condition and work on the fundamentals of volleyball,” Sullivan said. “I’m really impressed with the team’s work ethic.”
Prairie jumps out to 3-0 start, beats Lapwai
COTTONWOOD — A strong start propelled the Pirates past Lapwai 3-1 (25-20, 25-11, 21-25, 25-20) Monday night, Sept. 10 and added up to their third win of the season so far.
Prairie beat Clearwater Valley 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-14) earlier in the week.
The Pirates hosted Genesee Tuesday night, Sept. 11, after the print deadline, and are scheduled to visit Kamiah next Tuesday, Sept. 18. Their next home match is Sept. 20 against Troy.
Council, Horseshoe Bend top Salmon River
Chevelle Shepherd returned from injury against Council, but Salmon River lost in five sets (18-25, 25-14, 25-16, 20-25, 7-15) Sept. 4.
“We played poorly,” head coach Paula Tucker said. “It was the first time we had Chevelle in the lineup. She played only setter.”
Against Horseshoe Bend on Sept. 5, SRHS “started out tentative but had some good plays,” Tucker said. That match ended up 3-1, Mustangs (25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 25-14).
Salmon River (1-2) hosted Meadows Valley after press time Tuesday, Sept. 11, and is scheduled to visit Garden Valley this Thursday, Sept. 13. They’ll visit Cambridge on Saturday, Sept. 15, and again on Sept. 18. Their next home match is Sept. 29 against Garden Valley.