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Published on September 12, 2017 5:46PM

The Grant Union Prospector volleyball team gathers after winning the championship title in Saturday’s Reedsport Les Schwab Invitational Tournament in Reedsport.

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The Grant Union Prospector volleyball team gathers after winning the championship title in Saturday’s Reedsport Les Schwab Invitational Tournament in Reedsport.

Long Creek/Ukiah’s Gladys Johnson serves to Harper in Saturday’s volleyball game.

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Long Creek/Ukiah’s Gladys Johnson serves to Harper in Saturday’s volleyball game.

Long Creek/Ukiah’s Gladys Johnson keeps the ball in play in Saturday’s game against Harper.

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Long Creek/Ukiah’s Gladys Johnson keeps the ball in play in Saturday’s game against Harper.


Lady Pros battle for win at Reedsport tourney

The Grant Union Prospector volleyball team played aggressively for Saturday’s championship win at the Reedsport Les Schwab Invitational Tournament.

Prospector Whitney McClellan said they faced tough teams.

“It really showed us what we can do, because we played a lot of hard competition,” she said. “We’ll probably see a lot of those teams down the road, so it was good to see them preseason.”

Grant Union lost one set to St. Paul before battling back to win the match 2-1 with scores of 25-23, 25-17 and 15-13.

The Prospectors beat Central Linn with scores of 25-21 and 26-24 in the semi-finals, and then met up with Weston-McEwen for the championship.

“This is the third weekend in a row that we have faced Weston-McEwen at a tournament,” said Grant Union head coach Shae Speth. “After winning a close first set, we put a lot more pressure on them by serving strong and being aggressive offensively.”

She added Mariah Moulton played well offensively and defensively with very few errors.

All three of Grant Union’s opponents are currently ranked in the top five in state.

“I was very proud of the girls with the lineup changes we needed to make, and for staying mentally focused throughout the day,” she said.

On Sept. 5, Grant Union lost 2-3 to Culver at the Prospector court.

The Bulldogs won with scores of 27-25, 19-25, 25-12, 21-25 and 16-14.

Grant Union setter Hailie Wright injured her shoulder during the second set, diving to save a ball. She’s expected to be out for at least two weeks.

Alcie Moore stepped in for Wright, and the team battled back to win that second set but couldn’t pull out the win.

“We knew this would be a tough match, as Culver is always a strong team,” Speth said. “I was proud of the girls for facing adversity with lineup changes, and in continuing to compete for the match.”

Grant Union stats vs. Culver:

Mariah Moulton: led with 13 kills; 14 digs

Kaylee Wright: 11 kills; 2 solo blocks

Sydney Brockway: 8 kills; 14 digs; 3 aces

Whitney McClellan: 12 digs

Alcie Moore: 11 digs

Trinity Hutchison: 7 kills; 2 solo blocks, 5 block assists

Reagan Shelley: 2 kills; 4 block assists

Long Creek/Ukiah places second at Harper Tournament

In their first games of the year, the Long Creek/Ukiah Mountaineers climbed to a second-place finish at Saturday’s Harper Tournament.

The Mountaineers, a junior varsity team, have five returning starters and others are new to the sport.

Long Creek/Ukiah won their first set in pool play 25-22 over Huntington, then took an 18-25 loss to Harper.

After beating Burnt River 25-18, the Mountaineers took a 1-2 loss to Harper.

Harper won the tournament, with Long Creek/Ukiah second,

“The girls were excited,” said Long Creek/Ukiah co-coach Linda Studtmann. “Some of them were nervous. For some, it was their first game ever.”

She said all the girls had some playing time throughout the day.

Studtmann, who coaches with Reagan Enriquez, said the players are learning quickly how to play the game and work as a team.

“We are looking forward to a great year,” Studtmann said.





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