JOHN DAY – Lady Prospectors started off a successful week with their first league win at home, a 3-0 victory over the Imbler Panthers.
“We had a great team performance for our first league match,” said head coach Shae Speth. “We focused on that goal and executed pretty well on serve-receive – this was one of our best passing matches of the season so far.”
Kori Pentzer had 14 kills and zero errors on 23 attempts in the game, and she added two aces and 14 digs with a perfect performance on serve-receive.
The Prospectors traveled to the North Marion Tournament last Saturday, competing, their second year there, against 4A and 5A schools.
Other schools at the tournament included: Sutherlin, Ridgeview, Gladstone, La Grande, North Marion, Douglas and Redmond.
Speth said their play started with a lack focus and too many errors – but Grant Union bounced back to win the championship game against Sutherlin, 3-1 with scores of 25-12, 16-25, 29-27, 25-7.
The coach said their main goal entering the tournament was to be in the top two of their pool.
Grant Union was No. 1 in their pool after tying with Sutherlin 1-1, beating Gladstone 2-0 and beating Ridgeview 2-0.
Next, the Prospectors faced Douglas in bracket play, winning 3-0 with scores of 25-18, 25-15, 25-22.
The win advanced them to the championship game.
“We had a big letdown in the second set while Sutherlin picked up their level of play,” Speth said. “In the third set, we were down 12-21 before making a big run behind tough serving from Kenzie Wilson. We were able to hold off a few set points before coming up with the win ourselves.”
She continued, “They gym was exceptionally hot, and it had been a tough day both physically and mentally for us, so for the girls to dig deep and refocus on their goals took a lot of mental toughness and heart.”
In the fourth set, we came out strong and Kori Pentzer had a huge serving run giving us a commanding win,” she said. “I am so very proud of the girls for coming away with another tournament championship.”
Grant Union now takes to the road with a game in Elgin at 6 p.m. Thursday and a tournament in Baker on Friday.
GU vs. Imbler
Kori Pentzer: 14 kills,0 errors on 23 attempts, 2 aces, 14 digs, 100 percent on serve-receive
Moulton: 5 kills, 1 ace, 6 digs
Brock: 4 kills, 1 ace, 5 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Wilson: 4 kills, 1 ace, 3 digs, 1 solo blk, 1 block assist
Cartner: 6 kills, 1 ace, 3 digs, 1 solo blk, 1 block assist
Mosley: 4 kills, 2 digs, 1 solo block, 1 block assist
Kodesh: 2 aces, 17 digs