The Pullman Greyhounds finished the 2015 Volleyball season with an overall record of 20-11 after the 2A State tournament. The team ranked #76 in Washington State amongst all high schools. The Greyhounds first match at state was against Woodland, who eventually finished 4th in the tournament, with a 2-3 loss. Pullman pulled off a great win against Fife, winning 3-2 with a 16-14 final set to stay alive. Unfortunately, the Greyhounds were eliminated by Selah in a 1-3 loss, ending the season for the first Pullman Volleyball team to go to state since 2011. Seniors Mellisa Langerveld, Sydney Lawrence, and Logan Bledsoe played in their last matches in a Greyhound uniform. The Greyhounds maintain seven out of ten of their current varsity roster for the next season. HoundCentral will provide further updates and highlights of the Girls' Volleyball team during the offseason.
Girls' Volleyball Travels to State
The Greyhounds are in Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington this Friday and Saturday. After winning the league championship at home and defeating Prosser in a playoff game, the Hounds qualified for their first state tournament since 2011. Their first game is at 11:00 a.m. on Friday vs Woodland. The Woodland Beavers are ranked 50th in Washington with an overall record of 13-4. The Greyhounds will be led by a senior squad consisting of Melissa Langerveld, Sydney Lawrence, and libero Logan Bledsoe. Meanwhile, the Beavers' success this season can be contributed to strong team play; no single player leads the team in more than one category. The Hounds will face either Fife or White River Friday afternoon and need to win in at least one game to advance to Saturday's competition.
Hounds Win in Regular Season Finale
The Greyhounds (8-4) are the Great Northern League Champions for 2015, the first time since 2013. They went up to Cheney (8-4) on Tuesday night to fight their way to the league championship in a 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. After beating the Blackhawks at home, the Hounds faced a farmiliar team in a farmiliar atmosphere. Set 1 was back and forth with the Hounds pulling ahead 27-25. Cheney battled back and tied it with a 22-25 win. After two tough losses after holding a lead, the Hounds didn't want to give up the loss to Cheney and topped them in sets 3 and 4 with 25-22 and 25-21 wins. Melissa Langerveld had 29 digs and 4 aces to complement Sydney Lawrence's 15 kills. The Hounds will host the District tournament on Saturday, October 31st. Houndcentral will continually update on the Hounds during the postseason.
Hounds Fall to Clarkston
On Senior Night at Pullman high school, the Greyhounds (7-4) got upset by the Clarkston Bantams (5-7) in an aggressive comeback as the Hounds lose their first home game this season. With only one game remaining in the regular season, the Hounds remain one game behind the Cheney Blackhawks in the Great Northern League. Senior Sydney Lawrence led Pullman with 16 kills and 3 blocks while junior Halley Ghilgleri had 20 assists. Clarkston pulled through as a team, highlighted with a similar 20 assist performance from Molly Eggleston and 15 digs from Kayla Snyder. Pullman won the first two sets 25-23 and 25-13 to take the early lead, but the Bantams evened it up with 25-21 and 25-20 sets. To cap the game off, Clarkston took set 5 15-8, marking the second time in a row the Greyhounds lost in the final set by the same score. Needing a win to tie Cheney for the top of the Great Northern League, the Greyhounds head up Tuesday, October 27th to take on the Blackhawks in the final game of the regular season.