The Grand County High School volleyball team earned a come-back victory in Monticello on Thursday, Sept. 27, before returning home to beat Manti in four games on Friday, Sept. 28. Grand was swept by North Sanpete in Moab on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Against the Buckaroos, Grand County High School (GCHS) fell behind 2-0, losing the first game 25-22 and the second 25-23, but they were able to bounce back and win the next three games and take the match, winning a tiebreaker in the third game 27-25, winning the fourth game 25-19 and winning the fifth game 15-9. Jessica Jones had 21 kills, while Corteney Noyes added 14 in the match.
Against Manti, Grand stormed out in the first game, winning 25-15, before dropping the second 25-20. Grand regained the momentum 25-14 in the third game, and carried it over to the fourth game 25-7 to claim the match. Jones had eight kills and Jaci Shumway had seven, while the team collected 14 service aces.
On Saturday afternoon, the Lady Hawks were too much for Grand, winning the first game 25-23, the second 25-19, and the third 25-16.
The Lady Red Devils are scheduled to compete Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, at the Sevier Valley Invitational tournament in Richfield.
The GCHS girls soccer team beat North Sanpete 3-2 on Tuesday, Sept. 25, before losing 6-0 to Manti on Friday, Sept. 28. Against the Lady Hawks, Grand got goals from Corah Moody, Kyha Gritts and Olivia Medina. State tournament play begins on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
The GCHS boys golf and girls tennis teams each competed in their state tournaments this week, where for the first time since 2014, the Red Devil boys golfers didn’t win a state championship, placing seventh in the two-day tournament, which took place Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2 at Meadow Brook in Taylorsville, shooting a combined 652 strokes.
The Red Devils won 2A titles in 2015 and 2016 before moving up to 3A and winning another title in 2017, but this year’s 3A title went to Morgan with 587 strokes.
The Trojans’ Nathan Preslar won the individual title, shooting a two-day 143. Judge Memorial (627 strokes), Richfield (635 strokes), Union (637 strokes), Carbon (640 strokes) and North Sanpete (645 strokes) also finished ahead of the Red Devils.
Senior Kane Scherer shot a two-day 156 to tie for 14th place, just ahead of teammate junior Jaxen Saunders, who tied for 17th at 157. Junior Luke Williams shot 167, sophomore Rafe Saunders shot 172, senior Nolan Ramirez shot 179 and junior Sage Stroder shot 193.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the GCHS girls golf team competed in its state tournament at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, where junior Biw Tresirikasem won her first-round match in No. 1 singles 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 before losing in round two to Judge Memorial’s Katherine McPhail, the eventual state champion, by a 6-0, 6-1 score. Junior Kiersten Kimmerle also won her first-round match in No. 3 singles 6-1, 6-0, but fell in the second round 6-2, 6-2.
In No. 2 singles, sophomore Maara Holyoak lost 6-1, 6-0 to Judge Memorial’s Olivia Anderson, who went on to win the state title. Senior Jamie Day and sophomore Kyla Jackman lost in three sets 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 in their first-round No. 1 doubles match; and sophomores Chloe Talbot and Jenny Kopell lost 6-0, 6-2 in round one No. 2 doubles. Judge Memorial handily won the state team title, winning three of the five divisions and accumulating 22 points.
GCHS boys golf, girls tennis teams compete in state tournaments
Grand sophomore Neelie Relph handles the ball against Manti on Friday, Sept. 28, in Moab, where the Lady Red Devils fell to the Lady Templars 6-0.