In a show of tenacity, the Grant Union Prospectors volleyball team met last week’s challenges, clinching the 2A-6 Wapiti League title.
The team is ranked No. 1 for 2A teams in the state.
Grant Union head coach Shae Speth said the entire team contributed to the effort as they swept both Imbler Friday and Union Saturday, earning the No. 1 seed for the Saturday, Oct. 21, 2A-6 Wapiti District Tournament in La Grande. The tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Eastern Oregon University.
“One of our primary goals this season was to defend our Wapiti League title, and we accomplished that goal this weekend,” said Grant Union head coach Shae Speth. “Overall, we are becoming much more consistent serving and on serve-receive. Each athlete is making small adjustments right now that help contribute to our overall team success moving into the post season.”
Grant Union, with a 21-1 overall record, moved to the top spot in league, 8-0, after last week’s wins, and Union is second at 6-2.
Enterprise and Imbler are tied at 3-5 and had a playoff game on Tuesday, past press time. Elgin finished 0-8.
With Prospector Mariah Moulton attacking with 16 kills, Grant Union claimed the victory over Union on the road Saturday with scores of 25-13, 25-11 and 25-17. Moulton also had no errors on 33 attempts.
Kaylee Wright had eight kills and eight aces in the match.
“We came out playing great volleyball from the start and never let up,” Speth said.
She said they played exceptionally well, both individually and as a team.
“Mariah had a fantastic game, offensively,” she said. “Hailie Wright did a great job of getting our hitters going strong early. Kaylee Wright had a strong serving day as well.”
Friday was Grant Union’s homecoming game, and the Prospectors beat Imbler with scores of 25-22, 25-16 and 25-12.
Grant Union had a strong start in the first set. Then the teams traded points back and forth, the Prospectors pulling out a close win.
Speth said they were able to focus more in the second and third sets.
“Imbler’s a pretty scrappy team, so we’d make a great play, and a lot of times it would fall, but they were able to dig some balls and just get some plays out of it,” she said. “We had to make sure that we just stayed with it the whole time.”
She said the match against Imbler was a chance for the team to show their depth.
“So many of the girls contributed both offensively and defensively,” Speth said. “Kaylee Wright had a tremendous game at middle and showed her growing diversity as a hitter. Whitney McClellan had a great match serving.”
Grant Union vs. Union
Mariah Moulton: 16 kills, 0 errors on 33 attempts; 3 aces; 1 solo block; 7 digs
Trinity Hutchison: 3 kills; 1 solo block
Taylor Allen: 1 kill; 1 ace; 1 block assist; 3 digs
Hailie Wright: 2 kills; 1 ace; 1 solo block; 8 digs
Sydney Brockway: 4 kills; 1 ace; 100 percent serve-receive; 5 digs
Whitney McClellan: 2 aces; 15 digs
Kaylee Wright: 8 kills; 8 aces; 2 solo blocks, 1 block assist; 6 digs
Grant Union vs. Imbler
Moulton: 4 kills; 100 percent serve-receive; 8 digs
Hutchison: 3 kills; 3 block assists
Allen: 5 kills; 1 block assist
Hailie Wright: 3 kills; 14 digs; 2 block assists
Brockway: 12 kills; 100 percent serve-receive; 6 digs
McClellan: 8 aces; 9 digs
Kaylee Wright: 10 kills; 3 aces; 5 digs; 2 solo blocks, 1 block assist