JOHN DAY - "Against Burns, we need to be ready for anything, and just play smart," said Grant Union High School volleyball coach Shae Speth.
The Lady Prospectors face a tough Homecoming match with the Lady Hilanders this Thursday, Oct. 14 at home.
The Lady Hilanders are No. 1 in the Eastern Oregon League, and No. 1 in the Oregon State Activities Association "power rankings" for 3A sized schools.
The Burns game follows on the heels of a tough loss for the Lady Prospectors last Thursday, Oct. 7, to the Vale High School Lady Vikings.
Scores were 14-25, 17-25 and 21-25.
Following the dual, the two schools switched places in the Eastern Oregon League standings, with Grant Union moving to third place and Vale taking the No. 2 spot.
In the power rankings, Vale is listed at No. 4, and Grant Union, No. 9.
"We were ready for hard hits, and dug up a lot, but just didn't cover tips," said Speth about the Vale game.
"That was the difference in the game. Vale got to a lot of balls, and we didn't. Our serving was tough; we were able to get them out of system a lot, and only missed two serves as a team. We did not hit very well - only had 14 kills. We can't do that against Vale and expect to win," she added.
She said the girls stayed with Vale, trading points, in the second set.
"We were tied at 17-17, then they went on a run to end the game and we made way too many errors. Again, we need to focus on not letting one mistake turn into several," Speth said.
A bright side to the game was the coinciding "Dig Pink" event, which raised money for breast cancer research. With strong participation, the event raised more than $774 for the Side-Out Foundation, said Speth. It was a big jump from last year's $448.71, she noted.