HEPPNER – The Grant Union High School volleyball team chalked up some experience at the nets in last Saturday’s Heppner Tournament.

During pool play, the Lady Prospectors defeated Wallowa and Dufur and tied with Heppner.

The tie set up bracket play with Heppner in the first position and Grant Union in second. The Pros lost to Culver, however, in the first game of bracket play and were bumped out of the tournament.

During the first set, they were down 12-21 at one point, rallying after a six point serving run by Rayne Houser to end the game with a 24-26 loss.

“We had a very slow start, an injury, and several lineup adjustments, and we were just unable to close out the close game. That has been a problem for us early in this season and something we definitely need to work on,” said coach Shae Speth.

Speth felt that the team played better during the second game, focusing on cleaning up the game and minimizing errors, winning 25-15.

The team got off to another slow start during the third set and weren’t able to recover, losing the tie-breaking set 9-15.

On an individual note, Jaylee Lippert led with 29 kills, Breanna Snow had 42 digs, Steph Croghan had a fantastic serving day with 16 aces and Kaitlyn Slinkard added 17 kills and 37 digs.

“Overall, we were pretty disappointed with losing so early in bracket play,” Speth said. “This week we will focus on getting ready for league play, which starts Saturday versus Elgin and Heppner. There are several areas we will focus on this week in practice in order to be ready.”

The lady Prospectors host Crane this Thursday, Sept. 13, and Elgin and Heppner on Saturday, Sept. 15.

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