GCHS volleyball team loses to San Juan, beats Wasatch Academy
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Sydney Lema and Tiffanie Whipple of Grand go up for a block against San Juan on Sept. 17.
Photo by Jeff Richards
Sydney Lema and Tiffanie Whipple of Grand go up for a block against San Juan on Sept. 17. Photo by Jeff Richards
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The Grand County High School volleyball team is 1-1 in region play after losing to the San Juan Lady Broncos last week, then defeating Wasatch Academy later in the week on Saturday, Sept. 21.

  The Lady Devils hosted the Lady Broncos on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Grand won the first game 28-26, but lost the second by the score of 26-24. The Lady Broncos won the third set 25-20, after which Grand bounced back for a 25-22 win in the fourth.

That set up a fifth and deciding set, which was played to 15 points. San Juan scored the first nine points of the game. But Grand made a spirited rally at the end, closing the gap from 14-6 to 14-10 before losing the game and match when the referee called a net violation.

  Cammy Beeman led the Lady Devils with nine kills, while Kasey Betts added eight. Sydney Lema served up four aces for Grand. Beeman, Betts, and Lema also tied for the team lead with five blocks each, a total also reached by Lexi Risenhoover and Tiffanie Whipple. Six Lady Devil players also recorded five digs apiece during the match.

  The junior varsity and C team matches that were played beginning at 5:15 p.m. that day also went the full five sets, with Grand winning both matches, 3-2. Due to the number of sets played in C team, JV and varsity, the varsity match did not end until after 10 p.m.

On Saturday afternoon, Sept. 21, the Lady Devils played Wasatch Academy at Moab. The Lady Devils defeated the Lady Tigers in three straight sets, 25-27, 25-23, and 25-12. Grand’s junior varsity team also won the earlier JV match, 3-0.

  In the varsity match against Wasatch Academy, Lema led the Lady Devils with 13 kills. Shailee Croasmun, who was named player of the match, served three aces, and had seven service points, five kills, and seven digs for the Lady Devils. Seven different players had three blocks apiece for Grand.

  This week, the Lady Devils were scheduled to play Emery in a region contest at Moab on Tuesday, Sept. 24. That will be Grand’s last home game until the Lady Devils play South Sevier at Moab more than one month later, on Oct. 26, for their final regular-season game. During that interval, the Lady Devils will play six matches on the road, plus the Sevier Valley Invitational at Richfield on Oct. 10 and 11.

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