Home-court advantage doesn’t seem to mean much when Grantsville and Bear River face each other in volleyball.
The Cowboys defeated Bear River back on Sept. 19 in Garland, and the Bears returned the favor Tuesday night in Grantsville by beating the Cowboys.
Grantsville needed four sets to nab the region victory in the first match, but the Bears put away the Cowboys in three sets on Tuesday, winning 25-14, 25-20 and 26-24.
The Bears showed no effects of a long bus ride from Garland in the first set, and jumped out to a 15-3 advantage. The Cowboys tried to get back in it with kills from Sarah Sandberg, Kalli Hammond and an ace serve from Angel Cloward to narrow the gap to 17-8. But Grantsville could not slice into the lead more than nine points and lost the first set 25-14.
Grantsville started the second set with a little more urgency jumping out to a 4-1 advantage. The Bears wouldn’t go away and came back to tie it at 7-7. The momentum swung back to the Cowboys’ side with more winning shots from Hammond and Cloward, and Grantsville expanded its lead to 15-10.
Bear River then reeled off six-straight points to take at 16-15 lead. Mandy Wilson and Lisa Sandberg hit some winning shots to take the lead back at 19-17. The Bears outscored Grantsville 8-1 from that point to win the second set 25-20.
Autumn Dzierzon, Lisa Sandberg and Hammond helped the Cowboys grab an early 6-2 advantage in the final set with solid shots for winners. Then the Bears clawed back to outscore Grantsville 9-1 and take the lead at 11-7. Grantsville took a timeout to right the ship. The Cowboys still trailed 18-14 when they made a move with kills from Lisa and Sarah Sandberg to tie it at 20-20.
Grantsville gained the lead with strong serving from Alivia McCluskey to gain set-point at 24-22. But the Bears were ready to board the bus, and won four-straight points to sweep the match with a 26-24 triumph in the third set.
It was the third region loss in a row for Grantsville after starting out 2-0 in league play.
The Cowboys play at Stansbury Thursday, and then in the Claim Jumper Tournament Friday and Saturday at Bingham High School.