Grant Union advances to tourney undefeated in conference

Grant Union Prospectors Hailie Wright (10) and Trinity Hutchison team up to block the shot of Enterprise's Shelby Moncrief at Saturday's Dig Pink Rally in John Day.

The Grant Union Prospector volleyball team ended their regular season undefeated in the Blue Mountain Conference after sweeping the Enterprise Outlaws and Pilot Rock Rockets at the 10th Annual Dig Pink Rally Saturday.

Grant Union (23-4) is ranked No. 2 in the state among 2A teams, with the Kennedy Trojans (23-1) in the top spot.

On Saturday, Grant Union dominated the Outlaws with scores of 25-9, 25-16 and 25-10.

Prospectors Sydney Brockway and Kaylee Wright led with nine kills each, and Wright also had three aces. Prospector Hailie Wright had 20 assists, five kills and two aces.

“It’s been a good day,” said Prospector head coach Ali Abrego after the win. “We just sealed the deal on being league champs.”

Grant Union held off the Rockets 25-16, 25-11 and 25-21.

In the final set, Pilot Rock began whittling away at the Grant Union’s 10-4 lead to tie the score 12-12.

The Rockets would gain a 1-point lead, 18-17, but Prospector Hailie Wright made a kill to tie the score. Kaylee Wright’s serving helped push Grant Union ahead going down the stretch.

Kaylee Wright led with 14 kills and three aces. Brockway had nine kills and two aces, Trinity Hutchison had six kills and four blocks and Hailie Wright had five kills, three aces and 13 assists.

Abrego said it was fun to see so many team members contribute to the win.

“Our bench is super deep,” she said. “You can put anyone anywhere and get the same results. It’s really a special team.”

Prospector Trinity Hutchison, a senior, said she felt her team played well together for the day, and they anticipate exciting games ahead.

“We’re league champions, and we’re looking forward to taking on some championships this year,” she said.

Prospector Hailie Wright said it felt great to gain the league victory.

“We worked hard all season to get where we are now,” she said, adding the team has big shoes to fill after last year’s championship win at state.

“We need to keep rolling,” she said.

On Oct. 9, Grant Union beat Union on the road with scores of 25-13, 25-22, 21-25 and 26-24. It was the only time the Prospectors were pushed to four sets all season in league play.

“I think it was a humbling experience for our team, showing that we need to work to earn every point that we get,” Abrego said. “Our girls have so much drive to win that sometimes our emotions get the best of us.”

Grant Union was scheduled to host the 1A Crane Mustangs Tuesday past press time for senior night honoring the nine on the team.

The Prospectors compete at the Blue Mountain Conference Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Stanfield.

Grant Union vs. Enterprise

Sydney Brockway: 9 kills, 12 digs, 1 assist

Kaylee Wright: 9 kills, 3 aces, 4 digs

Hailie Wright: 5 kills, 2 aces, 20 assists, 2 digs

Trinity Hutchison: 3 kills, 2 blocks

Alcie Moore: 2 aces, 7 assists

Yui Asami: 5 aces, 5 digs

Kaytlyn Wells: 3 kills, 1 assist

Taylor Allen: 3 kills, 1 assist

McKeely Miller: 1 ace

Baylee Combs: 4 digs, 2 assists

Aidan Broemeling: 4 digs

Grant Union vs. Pilot Rock

Kaylee Wright: 14 kills, 3 aces, 4 digs, 1 assist

Brockway: 9 kills, 2 aces, 1 assist, 6 digs

Hutchison: 6 kills, 4 blocks

Hailie Wright: 5 kills, 3 aces, 13 assists, 4 digs

Moore: 1 kill, 2 aces, 12 assists, 1 dig

Asami: 2 aces, 1 assist, 3 digs

Wells: 1 ace, 1 dig

Allen: 1 block, 1 assist

Miller: 1 kill

Broemeling: 6 digs

Combs: 1 dig

Team: league record/overall record, sets won/sets lost, OSAA Ranking

Grant Union: 12-0/23-4, 64/18, No. 2

Weston-McEwen: 8-3/21-5, 60/24, No. 4

Heppner: 7-4/14-11, 45/37, No. 12

Union: 5-6/11-9, 34/29, No. 11

Pilot Rock: 4-7/10-12, 33/39, No. 16

Stanfield: 2-9/13-13, 38/44, No. 25

Enterprise: 1-10/6-14, 25/45, No. 26

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