Grantsville squandered a 23-17 lead in the first set to lose 23-25 to Stansbury Tuesday night in a Region 11 home volleyball match.
The Cowboys didn’t panic after the opening-set heartbreaker, and came back to win the next three sets and the match 23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 26-24. With the victory, Grantsville improved to 2-0 in Region 11 with wins over Stansbury and Bear River. Stanbury dropped to 0-1.
“Our kids played with intensity in our last two wins, but they also played cool and collected and in control,” said Grantsville coach Stephanie Orgill. “After a pretty tough preseason we’re starting to put it all together. We’re playing together as a team.”
With the first set tightening at 8-6 for the Cowboys, Grantsville went on a run with kills from Sarah and Lisa Sandberg to grab a 16-9 advantage. Stansbury fought back to 17-14 until GHS’s Kalli Hammond timed a perfect block to make it 18-14.
Grantsville expanded the lead to 23-17 on another powerful kill from Sarah Sandberg and a short dump from setter Mandi Wilson.
Stansbury came on strong to close out a first-set victory with eight straight points. Several players contributed, including seniors Madie Alvey, Bailey Wilson, Krissy Nobles and Tyler Ann Conner. Junior Tiffany Robbins also contributed kills.
Once again, Grantsville blasted out to a 9-4 lead to start the second set. Stansbury kept it close with kills from Wilson and Robbins. Grantsville pushed the lead to 13-7 with a kill from Jessy Davis, ace from Angel Cloward and another kill from Lisa Sandberg.
Stansbury sliced it to 14-13 after a kill by Wilson, but Grantsville held on and never relinquished the lead to win the second set 25-18.
The third set was tight throughout as the teams traded points with long rallies. The set was dead even at 16-16 when Grantsville started to separate. From there, Grantsville scored nine points compared to four for Stansbury to win the third set 25-20.
It was more of the same in the fourth and final set. Grantsville jumped out quickly at 6-1 until Stansbury rallied for five straight to tie it at 6-6. Stansbury was able to gain the lead at 17-16 and extended it to 23-21. That’s when Grantsville made a move with a kill from Davis and an ace serve from Angel Cloward to tie the set at 23-23.
The Cowboys had match-point at 24-23, but Alvey made them wait when she came through with a kill to tie it at 24-24.
Grantsville called a timeout and came back to gain another match-point up 25-24. Stansbury countered with a timeout, but Grantsville closed it out at 26-24 with Mandy Wilson serving.
Lisa Sandberg led the way for Grantsville with eight kills and four blocks. Hammond added seven kills and two blocks. Davis came through with seven kills, and Sarah Sandberg knocked six kills. Wilson set up several winners with 10 assists, and Autumn Dzierzon had three kills, two blocks and 19 digs. Cloward recorded 23 digs.
Wilson and Alvey combined for 19 kills with Wilson at 10 and Alvey at nine for the Stallions
Stansbury played at Tooele on Thursday, and Grantsville hosts Tooele Tuesday, Oct. 1.