GUHS tests Vale, yields to kills at net

Whitney Simmons advances the ball while teammates Kim Mathews (No. 11), Carrie Brown (No. 4) and Bobbie Vidourek (No. 7) await a return against Vale on Thursday, Sept. 18. The Vikings defeated Grant Union in five games, 25-21, 19-25, 22-25, 25-18, 25-11. The Eagle/DAVID CARKHUFF

Vale def. Grant Union 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 15-11

JOHN DAY - The non-league volleyball match on Thursday, Sept. 18, between Grant Union and Vale was well played by two evenly matched teams went five games before being decided.

Grant Union captured the first game 25-21 before dropping the second game by a 25-19 count.

Vale won the third game 25-22 but with their backs to the wall, the Prospectors were able to pull out the fourth game 25-18.

In the deciding game of the match, the Prospectors were unable to stop Viking outside hitter Katy Mooney and Vale came away with a 15-11 victory to win the match.

The loss dropped Grant Union's season record to 1-4.

"We made some mistakes and put our sets right on the net so Mooney could put them away," Grant Union coach Sophia Morris said. "We did manage to put together some good rallies, though."

Grant Union took an early lead in the first game before the Vikings mounted a rally behind the serving of Annie Branch to shave the lead to 22-21.

Good play at the net got the Pros the ball back on serve and a wide hit put Grant Union up 23-21.

A long hit put the first game on the line and Becky Landis scored on a block to give the Prospectors the first game 25-21.

The Vikings took a 5-2 lead in the second game and Grant Union was never able to draw closer than three points.

Landis continued to make some key blocks at the net, but kills by Mooney proved to be the difference as Vale won 25-19.

In the third game, the Prospectors raced out to a 5-0 lead and appeared to have the game in hand before the Vikings fought back to tie the score 11-11.

The two teams traded points before a Mooney kill and points on serve by Branch and Cirbi Anthony made the score 24-22. A mis-hit by Grant Union followed and Vale was the winner 25-22.

With the match on the line, Grant Union put together some strong team play in the fourth game taking an 11-4 lead and never looking back.

Points by Whitney Simmons and Kim Mathews combined by kills from Landis gave Grant Union the game 25-18.

With the match tied at two games apiece, the Prospectors took a 6-4 lead in the deciding contest before Vale was able to score four straight points to take a 9-7 lead.

Grant Union came back to make the score 9-8 but kills by Megan Haueter and Mooney put the Vikings in the lead to stay, and Traci Romans served the match out with an ace for a 15-11 Vale win.

Grant Union hosted Pine Eagle in a Wapiti League match on Friday, Sept. 19. No scores or statistics were made available to the Blue Mountain Eagle by press time.

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