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Prospectors ace Bobcats, move on to state tourney

The Lady Pros power on to Nov. 3-4 state championships in Redmond.
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Published on October 28, 2017 6:37PM

The Grant Union Prospectors celebrate after sweeping the Myrtle Point Bobcats in Saturday’s state playoff game in John Day.

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The Grant Union Prospectors celebrate after sweeping the Myrtle Point Bobcats in Saturday’s state playoff game in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Taylor Allen serves tough at Saturday’s state playoff game against Myrtle Point.

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Grant Union Prospector Taylor Allen serves tough at Saturday’s state playoff game against Myrtle Point.

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Grant Union Prospector Trinity Hutchison (5) sends the ball over the reach of Myrtle Point player Sierra Smith (14).

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Grant Union Prospector Trinity Hutchison (5) sends the ball over the reach of Myrtle Point player Sierra Smith (14).

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Grant Union outside hitter Mariah Moulton spikes the ball in the state playoff game.

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Grant Union outside hitter Mariah Moulton spikes the ball in the state playoff game.

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Grant Union Prospector Hailie Wright sends the ball over the reach of Myrtle Point’s Meghan Price in Saturday’s state playoff game, Bobcat player Madison Brown (6) in the action.

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Grant Union Prospector Hailie Wright sends the ball over the reach of Myrtle Point’s Meghan Price in Saturday’s state playoff game, Bobcat player Madison Brown (6) in the action.

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Grant Union Prospector Whitney McClellan moves in to dig in Saturday’s state playoff game against Myrtle Point at the Grant Union gym in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Whitney McClellan moves in to dig in Saturday’s state playoff game against Myrtle Point at the Grant Union gym in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Hailie Wright prepares to pound the ball in the state playoff game against Myrtle Point in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Hailie Wright prepares to pound the ball in the state playoff game against Myrtle Point in John Day.

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Grant Union Prospector Kaylee Wright (13) blocks Myrtle Point’s Sierra Smith. Grant Union players Hailie Wright, left, and Alcie Moore stand ready to assist. In the foreground are Bobcat players Kate Pride and Madison Brown.

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Grant Union Prospector Kaylee Wright (13) blocks Myrtle Point’s Sierra Smith. Grant Union players Hailie Wright, left, and Alcie Moore stand ready to assist. In the foreground are Bobcat players Kate Pride and Madison Brown.

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Grant Union Prospector Trinity Hutchison jumps to block in the state playoff match against Myrtle Point.

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Grant Union Prospector Trinity Hutchison jumps to block in the state playoff match against Myrtle Point.

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Grant Union Prospectors Trinity Hutchison (5) and Reagan Shelley (8) go up for a block against Myrtle Point.

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Grant Union Prospectors Trinity Hutchison (5) and Reagan Shelley (8) go up for a block against Myrtle Point.

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Grant Union Prospector Sydney Brockway sends the ball over the reach of Myrtle Point.

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Grant Union Prospector Sydney Brockway sends the ball over the reach of Myrtle Point.

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Grant School District Superintendent Curt Shelley holds up the hand of Clive Northway who won the costume contest, and $50, between sets at Saturday’s state playoff game.

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Grant School District Superintendent Curt Shelley holds up the hand of Clive Northway who won the costume contest, and $50, between sets at Saturday’s state playoff game.

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Grant Union’s confident serving kept the Myrtle Point Bobcats off balance as the Prospectors powered through the first round of the state tournament Saturday in John Day.

In the second set, Prospector sophomore Taylor Allen went on a nine-point serve run, and junior Kaylee Wright added a 10-point run. The Bobcats were unable to get a second touch on the ball, and the Prospectors cruised to victory in three sets, 25-15, 25-4 and 25-8, to move on to the Nov. 3-4 2A State Championship Tournament at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.

Grant Union head coach Shae Speth said, after missing five serves in the first set, they found their focus.

“The last two sets they were serving really tough,” she said of her team. “(It’s) one of our strengths for sure — it’s definitely a weapon for us.”

Overall, Prospector senior Whitney McClellan racked up eight aces on 15 serving attempts for the day. The team amassed 23 aces, giving up only one serve-receive error, the coach said.

Senior Mariah Moulton led Grant Union with 15 kills — “a terrific hitting day,” Speth said.

The team focused on maintaining a quick, efficient offense and playing “our game,” the coach said.

“We are looking forward to the challenges of state tournament, and feel we are in a great position to compete for a state title,” Speth said.

Myrtle Point head coach Tami Brown said her team was hampered by injuries late in the season but was able to battle back to make it to the first round.

“We knew, obviously, that it was going to be a tough match — they’re second in state,” she said, referring to Grant Union.

Grant Union senior Trinity Hutchison said the team is excited to move on to the Final 8.

“We worked hard all year for this, and I think this year we have quite the shot at winning the state championship,” she said.

Prospector junior Hailie Wright said they played well as a team. McClellan said that’s how the team stays on top of its game.

“We all get along really well, and we trust and believe in each other,” McClellan said. “We’re a really good, compact and strong team.”

Moving on to the championship tournament, Grant Union takes on the Monroe Dragons at 10 a.m. Friday in Redmond.

The Prospectors have a 26-1 overall record and are ranked No. 2 in state. Monroe has a 22-6 overall record and is ranked No. 9.

Grant Union vs. Myrtle Point

Mariah Moulton: 15 kills (with 1 error on 26 attempts); 1 ace; 100 percent serve-receive; 5 digs

Trinity Hutchison: 3 kills; 3 solo blocks

Taylor Allen: 5 aces; 2 digs

Hailie Wright: 4 kills; 1 ace; 6 digs

Sydney Brockway: 6 kills; 1 ace; 100 percent serve-receive; 3 digs

Whitney McClellan: 8 aces (on 15 serving attempts); 6 digs

Kaylee Wright: 5 kills; 6 aces; 3 digs























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