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Lady Panthers play ‘aggressively smart’ for win over JV Pros

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Published on October 12, 2017 12:01AM

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Prairie City Panther Cassie Hire blocks Grant Union Prospector Shaine Madden at the net.

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Prairie City Panther Cassie Hire blocks Grant Union Prospector Shaine Madden at the net.

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Prairie City Panthers Rilee Emmel (3) and Cassie Hire (23) go up for a block, facing Grant Union Prospector Shaine Madden (21) in Thursday’s game in John Day.

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Prairie City Panthers Rilee Emmel (3) and Cassie Hire (23) go up for a block, facing Grant Union Prospector Shaine Madden (21) in Thursday’s game in John Day.

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Prairie City Panther Emily Ennis (6) faces Grant Union Prospector Tiler Voigt at the net Thursday.

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Prairie City Panther Emily Ennis (6) faces Grant Union Prospector Tiler Voigt at the net Thursday.

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Grant Union’s Shaine Madden dives, keeping the ball in play, her teammate Baylee Combs in the action.

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Grant Union’s Shaine Madden dives, keeping the ball in play, her teammate Baylee Combs in the action.

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Grant Union Prospector Taylor Allen attacks the ball, her teammates McKeely Miller, left, and Kori Jo Girven (8) and Baylee Combs at the ready.

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Grant Union Prospector Taylor Allen attacks the ball, her teammates McKeely Miller, left, and Kori Jo Girven (8) and Baylee Combs at the ready.

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Tied at 23-23 in their third set, the 1A varsity Lady Panther volleyball team overcame the 2A junior varsity Grant Union Prospectors for a 3-0 sweep Thursday night.

Prairie City won the match with scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-23.

The teams kept a close pace in the first, and after tying the score 17-17, the Panthers leaped ahead with server Sierra Dahlen serving an ace, Prairie City pulling away for a eight-point win.

Coaches for both teams said the match was an opportunity to learn.

In the second set, Grant Union lost a couple points to serves in the net, and mid-set the Panthers pulled away.

“We worked really hard on playing one point at a time with full aggression,” said Prairie City coach Lance Zweygardt. “Except for a lull in the third set, they did really well with being aggressively smart. We have two league matches in a row, which are important for us. It will make a difference in how we go into districts, so we’re going to keep building on this.”

Grant Union coach Rhonda McCumber said her team struggled serving in the first two sets.

“We came close to winning a fourth set,” she said. “I’m still proud of them, because they played good volleyball, and it’s good experience for them anytime we can go up against a varsity team.”

Prairie City travels the next two days, facing Crane at 2 p.m. Friday and Adrian at 4 p.m. (MDT) Saturday.

Grant Union junior varsity and varsity teams host Imbler in John Day Friday for homecoming with junior varsity starting at 3 p.m., followed by varsity.

They travel to Union Saturday, facing the Bobcats at 1 p.m.

On Tuesday, Grant Union hosts Burns for senior night in John Day with junior varsity starting at 4 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m.









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