The Grand County High School volleyball team got off to a busy start last week, winning its season opener on the road at Green River, then going 4-3 at a weekend invitational tournament in St. George.
Against non-region rival Green River on Wednesday, Aug. 23, the Lady Devils lost their first set 18-25, but came back to win the next three, 25-13, 25-19, 25-22, and capture the varsity match win.
Two days later, the Lady Devils participated in the Dixie Fly High Invitational in St. George. Playing a total of seven best-of-three matches over two days, Grand went 4-3 overall.
On Friday, Grand defeated Grantsville in three sets, 24-26, 25-22 and 15-6. The Lady Devils also swept Beaver, 25-17, 25-14, but lost to West, 17-25, 14-25.
On Saturday, the Lady Devils recorded wins over Page, Arizona and Uintah, but lost to Dixie and Pine View. The Page game was close, with Grand edging the Sand Devils by a score of 25-23, 23-25, 15-13. Against Uintah, Grand dropped the first set 23-25, but came back to win the next two over the Utes, 27-25 and 15-11. Both Dixie and Pine View swept the Lady Devils.
GCHS head coach Brittney Melton said the tournament provided an excellent opportunity for her younger players to see varsity action.
“It was nice for my young team to see this good competition,” Melton said. “At one point during the weekend, we had six freshmen on the floor.”
“We were able to see a couple of teams in our region play, too,” Melton added.
This week, the Lady Devils are scheduled to play Green River at Moab on Wednesday, Aug. 30, with the varsity match starting at 6 p.m. Grand’s junior varsity squad will then travel to Blanding for a weekend JV tournament on Sept. 1 and 2.