Phantom spikers now<br>5-1 in 1A North Region

GC VILLAGE — The Grand Canyon High School volleyball team improved its record to 5-1 in the 1A North Region with a sweep over hapless Northland Prep in Flagstaff Friday.

The high-schoolers downed the Mad Spikers in a close exhibition match Thursday (photo by Scott Woods).

In matches played in the tiny Flagstaff Middle School gymnasium, the Lady Phantoms won the opening match 15-1, 15-3. Grand Canyon had few problems in the second match with a 15-0, 15-5 win.

"I'm happy with the 5-1 record, that's pretty darn good," Grand Canyon coach Matt Yost said. "We have a home stand this weekend and we need to win a couple to get us where we want to be in regionals."

In the first match, Grand Canyon got 72 percent of its serves in. Michele Mickelson scored 11 points, followed by six points each by Nikki Harvey and Cally Foo.

Yost said he was happy with the team's improved passing ability in the matches, as well as better serve reception.

The Phantoms saw Tiffany Monroe serve for all 15 points in the first game of the second match, a rare feat in volleyball. Yost said he played junior-varsity players in game one.

In the second game of the match, Foo served for six points. Samantha Stickler and Kara Foo each served for three points.

In the second match, the Phantoms were 83 percent at the service line.

The Phantoms trail only Joseph City and St. Michael in the 1A North Region standings. Grand Canyon will play Joseph City at home Saturday with matches beginning at 1 p.m.

The girls will play at St. Michael on Oct. 20.

Grand Canyon will also play Seligman at home on Friday with matches beginning at 4 p.m.

Exhibition match

The Grand Canyon High School volleyball team downed the Grand Canyon Mad Spikers in an exhibition match Thursday, 15-9, 13-15, 15-11.

The Spikers had 14 players on their roster, including Sally Wahler who received two red cards for arguing with referee Dan Lopez.

The Grand Canyon junior varsity downed the Mad Spikers, 15-11.

Julie Houghton served nine of the 15 points for the JV Phantoms. Wahler received a third red card for arguing calls.

Lopez said the event was fun for those who played and attended.

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