Volleyball team defeats Emery High, ends regular season this week
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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The Grand County High School volleyball team defeated Emery High at Castle Dale in a region match last Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The Lady Devils won in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-22, 25-19.

“This was by far our best team effort,” said GCHS head coach Deb Hren. “The nine we had subbing on the court just clicked! They were just awesome to watch – spine tingling!”

According to Hren, Jessica Valdes led the team with three service aces, while Sydney Lema had nine kills. Also, Shailee Croasmun recorded seven service receptions, and Kasey Betts and Symony Call combined for a total of 20 blocks.

Madison Jones and Brook Schultz contributed 11 setting assists, while Tiffanie Whipple had 16 digs.

“Each player went in and did the job they needed to do,” Hren said. “The bench was as much a part of that win as the nine on the court. The vibe was amazing!”

This week, Grand has a non-region game against Monticello on Tuesday, Oct. 22, followed by the final two region games of the regular season. Grand will face North Sevier at Moab at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, and South Sevier at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Hren said the team is playing with “great energy” heading into the state playoffs next weekend – Nov. 1 and 2. 

“With wins over North Sevier and South Sevier this weekend, the Lady Devils could move into the third-place spot,” Hren said.

Friday’s game against North Sevier will be the team’s annual “pink” breast cancer awareness game, with all proceeds going to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Former GCHS coach Carolyn Noyes made the Lady Devils part of this annual event seven years ago, joining a program that was started in Utah by Kendra Tomsic and Kathy Howa. 

At Friday’s pink game, each player on both teams will put her jersey up for auction at the silent auction table. The freshmen games start at 4 p.m. on Oct. 25. Other donated items will also be displayed at the silent auction table. Anyone who cannot attend the game but is interested in bidding or donating is asked to contact Hren at 435-260-1785. Concessions will also have a “pink” flair that night. Jen Sadoff from the Moab Regional Medical Center will also have an information booth and will provide information about mammograms.

Grand’s four senior players – Croasmun, Whipple, Valdes, and Haley Rice – will be honored prior to the Saturday, Oct. 26 varsity match against South Sevier.

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