Grant Union volleyball sweeps three league matches

The Grant Union Prospectors celebrate against Union. The team swept Weston-McEwen and Stanfield Saturday. In the photo, from left: Trinity Hutchison (5), Hailie Wright (10), Kaylee Wright (2), Sydney Brockway (11) and Baylee Combs (3).

The Grant Union volleyball team moved to the top of the state standings this week, and the honor is much deserved.

The defending state champion Prospectors (20-4, 9-0) swept Weston-McEwen and Stanfield on Saturday after sweeping Heppner Thursday in Blue Mountain Conference play.

“Grant Union is pretty exciting to watch,” said Stanfield coach Blaine Ganvoa, whose team hosted Saturday’s matches. “They are rolling right now.”

The feature match of the day was between the Prospectors and TigerScots, who were ranked No. 3 at the time.

Senior Kaylee Wright had 14 kills, and her twin sister Hailie Wright handed out 18 assists as Grant Union rolled to a 29-9, 25-17, 25-14 victory.

“That is the best they have ever played,” Grant Union coach Ali Abrego said. “It’s hard to describe. Being a new coach, it’s a blessing to have that much athleticism on your team.”

Hailey Weaver had five kills and Bryce Thul handed out 11 assists and had nine digs for the TigerScots (19-4, 6-2), whose two league losses are to the Prospectors.

“Grant Union is the real deal,” Weston-McEwen coach Shawn White said. “They are outstanding athletes, but we didn’t play particularly well today.”

Hailie Wright had 11 points in the opening set against Weston-McEwen, and as a team, the Prospectors had seven aces. They finished the set with a kill by Sydney Brockway.

Brockway then turned around and reeled off seven consecutive points in the second set to give her team a 12-3 lead. Weston-McEwen would get as close as 16-9 and 21-15, but unforced errors down the stretch helped Grant Union pick up the win.

Kaylee Wright had six of her 14 kills in the third set.

“She hammers it down, and her sister is a hustler and a selfless player,” Abrego said of Kaylee Wright.

Brockway had eight kills, while Trinity Hutchinson had five blocks and Alcie Moore eight assists.

In the 25-3, 25-14, 25-12 victory over the Stanfield Tigers (11-12, 1-8), Kaylee Wright had 12 kills and eight digs, and Hailie Wright had 16 assists and four aces.

Grant Union also swept the Heppner Mustangs Thursday on the road, 25-12, 25-22 and 25-12.

The No. 1-ranked Prospectors were scheduled to face Union (11-7, 5-4) Tuesday past press time and host Pilot Rock (9-10, 3-5) and Enterprise (6-11, 1-7) at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, which is the annual Dig Pink Rally.

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