JOHN DAY – The Grant Union Prospector volleyball team faced their toughest opponent yet last Thursday, hosting the Burns Hilanders for homecoming.
Burns claimed the 3-1 win with scores of 25-16, 25-21, 22-25 and 25-9.
Both teams are in the middle of a successful season – Grant Union entered the match on a 13-0 win streak and Burns has only lost two games so far.
The neighboring teams have a history of well-attended, competitive games, and, last year, met up at the state championship game where Burns took the title.
Grant Union head coach Shae Speth said the game gave them some lessons.
“We did not play as well as we had hoped for this big match up,” she said. “Burns’ servers gave us tough float serves that we did not pass as well as we should have – definitely a disappointing loss, but it allows us to see what parts of our game we need to most improve on.”
In the match, Kori Pentzer led with 17 kills and had 11 digs and one block assist.
Chelsie Kodesh had 2 aces and 17 digs and Rheanna Cartner had 4 kills, 14 digs and 2 block assists.
Mariah Moulton had 3 kills, 1 ace and 10 digs, Samantha Brock had 3 kills and 9 digs, and Heather Mosley had 1 kill, 1 ace, 4 digs, 1 solo block and 1 block assist.
The Prospectors moved past the loss to take two wins Saturday at the Grant Union court, sweeping Union and Enterprise.
Scores against Union were 25-22, 25-10, 25-23.
“Union controls the ball pretty well and is a strong, scrappy team,” Speth said.
After winning the first set, Grant Union started with a 15-0 run behind the serving of Brock.
During the game, Prospector setter Cartner rolled her ankle and was out for rest the day.
Taylor McCluskey stepped in for the remainder of the match.
“Mosley had another great match, strong at the net, both on offense and defense,” Speth said.
With Cartner out, Moulton, McCluskey and Hailie Wright worked in the setters position in the match against Enterprise.
Scores in the Prospectors’ win over the Outlaws were 25-18, 25-13, 25-13.
“All did well and stepped up in leading the team,” Speth said. “Although we run a system where any athlete can pretty much play any position if needed, I was proud of all the girls for adapting to line up changes throughout the day.”