On Tuesday, September 12th, the Greyhounds hosted the East Valley Knights in their opening season game. The Hounds fell behind early with the Knights stealing the first set with a score of 25-21. "Due to the first loss in the first game, we had to figure out ourselves on the court mentally wise", said Senior Captain, Outside Hitter, Payton Walker. Shortly there after, the Hounds won the following three sets in dominant fashion with scores of 25-22, 25-18, and 25-19. Despite dropping the first set the Hounds looked like the more dominant team throughout the match. Seniors Kayla McLaughlin and Kelsey Nestegard led the way with 9 kills each. With a 2nd place finish in the GNL last year, and 9 returning players, the Hounds will be looking to capture the league title this year. "As a team we will need to stay connected on and off the court, through practices and games to keep winning". The Hounds will be in action again as they will be traveling to the Sundome to play in a invitational on Saturday, September 16th.
The Hounds Volleyball team traveled up to Cheney last Saturday the 29th to Play in the District Tournament. Pullman who was seeded as the second seed played three games. To start off there day they played Clarkston, the 5th seed with a 1-10 record overall. The Hounds rolled over the Bantams sweeping the Bantams 3-0. They next faced the 4th seeded East Valley Knights, who came into the day with a 5-5 record. The Knights battled hard and took the game to five sets. The Hounds battled back and were able to walk away with a win, winning the last set. The final task for the Hounds was the number one seeded Cheney Blackhawks. The Blackhawks came into the day with an impressive record of 11-1, with their only loss all season coming to the Hounds. The Hounds fought hard and took the Blackhawks to 5 sets. In the fifth set Cheney was able to pull away from the Hounds and walked away with the 5 set winning 15-10. The Hounds next appearance will be this Saturday, November 5th on the road in either Othello, or East Valley Yakima depending on their meet.
Greyhound Volleyball rolls over West Valley
On October 11th, the Hounds took on league opponent West Valley at home in the Hound Pound. The Greyhound Volleyball team look phenomenal on their way to a 3-1 rout of the Visiting Eagles. The Hounds (8-4, 6-2) came out strong right from the opening serve and never slowed on their way to an easy 25-22 victory in the first set. The visiting Eagles (4-6, 4-5) put up a good fight in the second set. They overcame a 4-0 deficit and won the second set 25-21. In the third set the Greyhounds got things turned around and dominated on their way to an easy 25-15 win. The fourth set went by fast as the Hounds carried the momentum from the previous set and took the final set on a score of 25-15. For the Greyhounds, Payton Walker led the way offensively with an amazing 16 kills. The Hounds next game is an important one as they take on league rival and first place holder Cheney here in Pullman on the 13th. Go Hounds!
Hounds Lose to Cheney
On Thursday, September 8th, the Pullman Greyhound Volleyball team hosted a match against the Cheney Blackhawks. This was Pullmans first home game of the year and the crowd had their back. The game went down to the wire, with both teams equally matched throughout and the game came down to the final set. Even in that final set the game was close, tied at one point 13-13. In the end, when all the dust settled, Cheney arose as the victor, beating the hounds by a margin of two points, 15-13. Statistically the Hounds dominated, Carolena Sears had 6 blocks, Kelsey Nestegard had 5 aces, Halley Ghigleri had 25 digs, and Payton Walker had 15 kills. Although it was a loss, it was a very solid outing for the Hounds. Their next matchup will be against the East Valley Knights at East Valley on Tuesday, Spetember 13th. Go Hounds!