CENTENNIAL | With or without Jordyn Poulter, the Eaglecrest volleyball team faced a tough task Thursday night.
The Raptors had to face off against rival and newly christened Class 5A No. 1 Grandview and did so without Poulter, their star setter who left the previous day to train with the USA Volleyball’s U-23 team in California.
Eaglecrest fought valiantly in the opening game against the visiting Wolves, but junior Haley Mclaren and Grandview eventually asserted themselves on the way to a 27-25, 25-9, 25-13 Centennial League victory.
Coach Patty Childress’ Wolves posted their second victory of the season over coach Tanya Bond’s Raptors — they also met in the semifinals of the Eaglecrest Invitational two weeks earlier — and fifth straight win, pushing their record to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the league.
The first set of the match was by far the most competitive, as Eaglecrest led for most of the game behind the crafty play of senior outside hitter Taylor Loyd and a handful of Grandview errors.
Kills by senior Cat Williams and junior Kalee Maricle gave the Raptors two set points at 24-23 and 25-24, but Mclaren tied the match with a late kill, Megan Lehrer gave the Wolves the lead and an error finish off a 27-25 Grandview victory.
With Raychel Reed serving, the Wolves reeled off 10 straight points, capped by a pair of Morgan Montgomery putaways, to take command of the second set, while Mclaren and Alyssa Svalberg did much of the damage in the clinching third set.
GRANDVIEW DEF. EAGLECREST 27-25, 25-9, 25-13