The teams were scheduled to begin region play this week, traveling to Emery on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
During the non-region game against Dove Creek, Grand’s JV team won in four sets, 25-13, 20-25, 15-7 and 16-14. Cammy Beeman had three service aces, four kills, one assist and two digs for the Lady Devils.
The Lady Devil varsity team also defeated Dove Creek, winning in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-17 and 25-17. Grand’s Carly Dalton had two service aces, six kills, three assists, 18 service receptions, five solo blocks, three assist blocks and eight digs, according to coach Deb Hren.
Earlier this month, the Lady Devils varsity team traveled to Provo to compete in the Bulldog Classic. The Lady Devils were the only 2A team in the competition. Grantsville and Payson (both 3A), Timpview and Provo (both 4A) and Copper Hills (5A) also competed in the tournament.
The Lady Devils placed third overall, losing sets only to Timpview and Provo, coach Hren said. The Lady Devils started off play on Thursday, Sept. 1 a little rocky, dropping two quick sets to Timpview, 15-25 and 16-25. Grand’s Taylor Hren led the game with three service aces and two kills.
Grand next faced Provo and the Lady Devils lost the first set by the score of 3-25. But the team quickly regrouped behind five kills and three blocks from Nikita Nelson to give the Bulldogs a much closer game, 23-25.
On Friday, Sept. 2, the Lady Devils quickly defeated Copper Hills and Grantsville. The Lady Devils faced 5A Copper Hills first, easily winning the match in two sets, 25-9 and 25-17. Linda Minor had five service aces and Rachel Garrett had six kills in the match. Taylor Hren had two blocks and Nelson and Dalton combined for nine team digs.
Against Grantsville, the Lady Devils pounced, winning the first game 25-12. Grand faltered during the second game but held on to win by the score of 25-22. Nelson had three service aces and six kills. Rachel Garrett had four blocks.
Grand went into the tournament as the third-place seed, which pitted the Lady against Payson again. Grand defeated Payson for the second time, winning in two games, 25-19, 25-15.
Mikenzee Nelson had five service aces, while both Nikita Nelson and Garrett contributed seven kills. Dalton led defensively with seven digs and the Lady Devils advanced to the semi-final match against Provo.
“The Lady Devils played much better against the Bulldogs the second time around,” coach Hren said.
Grand lost to Provo in two sets, 19-25 and 15-25. Nikita Nelson led with two aces and six kills. On defense, Rachel Garrett had two blocks and Taylor Hren had 10 digs.
Grand will host Monticello in a non-region match on Thursday, Sept. 15 for the Lady Devils’ homecoming game. Game times are 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rachel Garrett and Taylor Hren, the team’s two seniors, will sing the national anthem prior to the game.
Coach Hren said the Lady Devils are “extremely excited” about Thursday’s match against the Buckaroos. The two teams met previously during the first tournament of the season in St. George, Utah, where the Devils were defeated by the Buckaroos in two sets.
“The Buckaroos beat San Juan two weeks ago, so this game could also be an indicator of future match ups,” said coach Hren.
On Friday, Sept. 16, after the GCHS Homecoming Parade, the Devils will also host Carbon (3A non-region) at 4:30 and 5:45 p.m.