Volleyball splits last home matches Oct. 3, 5

Lainey Bohannon has a spectacular play at the net against the South Sevier Rams Oct. 3. Photo by Anthony Militano

The Red Devils varsity girls volleyball team split the last two home matches of the season on Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 5, in Moab. The Red Devils are currently 13-5 for the season and 5-3 in region.

Grand County beat the South Sevier Rams 3-1 Oct. 3. Seniors Domenique Jones and Chloe Book were recognized that day for their dedication to the volleyball team. Jones is currently injured and did not play. Book was in the starting lineup and had a solid game.

The first set hummed along for the Devils. Grand got into a groove with the crowd cheering and the team enjoyed a 10-point lead twice in the match and took the set 25-21. The Rams almost made a comeback – and that should have been a warning for things to come.

In the second set nothing rolled Grand’s way. The Rams’ spikes, blocks and swats were effective and South Sevier raked in the points. Grand fell behind 2-15. The Devils even gave points away as at least two Devils servers botched their delivery. Consequently, Grand gave up points and the Rams got the ball back. The Devils dropped the set 25-16.

In the third set, the Rams had momentum early, but Grand had the crowd behind them and carved out a 10-5 lead.

Suddenly, a small tornado hit Grand County High School. Senior Brookell Brindley came in the game for the Rams. Brindley might not have been South Sevier’s biggest player, but she did not need to be. Her serve was too much for the Devils to handle.

Defensively, Brindely was everywhere Grand did not want her to be and she was not fooled or fazed by Grand’s powerful front line. Brindley was a thorn in Grand’s side for the remainder of the game. The Rams tied and eventually took a 13-11 lead in the third set.

The third set was a grudge match. Each team gained and lost the lead a few times. There were some fantastic, crowd-pleasing volleys and Grand County hit the speakers in the top of the gym. Tied at 18-18, the Devils put an end to the frivolity when they scored six unanswered points and took the third set 25-18.

The fourth set was evolving into another epic back-and-forth grudge match. Kendyll Cox and Kaci McKinney came in and served up some points for Grand. The Devils won the fourth set 25-20 and won the game 3-1.

Grand dropped a heartbreaker 2-3 to the Richfield Ladycats on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Moab. The game was certainly more exciting, intense and unpredictable than any other home contest in recent memory.

Grand took the first set 27-25 and the second 28-26. In the first two sets the Red Devils got out in front and built a solid point cushion. Richfield pounded back and repeatedly tied the game. The Red Devils never lost the lead in the first set and briefly lost the lead in the second set after Richfield tied it at 24. The Devils fell behind and had to play catch-up in the last two sets and the tiebreaker set.

There was no clear-cut path to victory for either team. Grand and Richfield were evenly matched. Morgan Lewis with her sideswipe spike move kept the Ladycats off balance. Paige Shumway got her workout for the weekend. She guarded the middle court area and at times, Richfield’s counter shots appeared to be aimed at her alone. As they had earlier in the week, McKinney and Cox were called upon to serve up some points at critical times in the match and they delivered.

Grand dropped the third set 21-25, took the lead in the fourth set, but eventually lost 28-30. The Red Devils lost the tiebreaker 10-15.

The team will spend the remainder of the regular season on the road.