The Grant Union volleyball team came together for a win over the Burns Hilanders Tuesday, Aug. 28, at the Prospector home court.
Although Burns pushed the match to four sets, Prospector head coach Ali Abrego said she was proud of her team.
“I know they have a lot of history with Burns, so it was really important to win on our home court tonight, and I think they worked really hard for it,” she said.
Grant Union won with scores of 25-17, 22-25, 25-19 and 25-14.
In the second set, scoring went back and forth throughout, and after Grant Union tied it 22-22, Burns pulled ahead for the win.
Grant Union stayed ahead in the third until Burns tied it 13-13, then scores were close. Senior Hailie Wright closed it on a positive note with consistent serving.
The Prospectors took an early lead in the fourth set, and kept that cushion to win the match.
Abrego said setters senior Alcie Moore and Wright worked hard, and outside hitter Sydney Brockway, also a senior, constantly pursued the balls no one else would.
“I think that’s really special to have that work ethic amongst the team,” the coach said, adding senior libero Yui Asami, a Japanese student attending Grant Union this year, also gave a great effort and performed well.
“I thought we did good all together,” Wright said. “We had some peaks and valleys, but for the most part we stayed up from start to finish.”
“I think we played really well with great setting, passing, hitting, serving and blocking — all around,” said Prospector senior Kori Jo Girvin. “I’m proud of our win.”
Grant Union will now prepare to compete at the Heppner Tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Abrego said she’s looking forward to the opportunity the tournament will give them to face some league opponents again before they face them in the middle of September.
“I think we have a really gifted team,” Abrego said. “I think that once everybody is back into full swing and everybody is back in the rotations, it will just be smooth sailing.”