SEDONA — The Grand Canyon High School volleyball team saw its first action of the season Saturday with matches against the Sedona Red Rock junior varsity and freshmen teams.
Sedona's JV downed the Grand Canyon varsity, 15-6, 11-15, 15-12 in a competitive match.
"Kara and Cally (Foo) definitely carried the team in a different role," Grand Canyon coach Matt Yost said. "Instead of setters, they were outside hitters. Illanda Bitsui kick-started the team with her serving."
Junior Megan Boyd saw her last action in a Phantom uniform before moving to Virginia.
"She got a lot of playing time," Yost said. "It will hurt losing her."
The coach said Grand Canyon hurt itself with unforced errors such as bad passing.
"But they still played together as a team," he added. "Key contributors were some of my younger players."
Freshmen Samantha Stickler and Tiffany Monroe along with sophomore Jessica Hall were among those younger players the coach said were standouts.
Grand Canyon's freshmen and sophomores played Sedona's freshmen in another match.
Sedona took a 15-6, 15-8 victory and then for practice, the two teams played a third game with the Scorpions winning that, 15-13.
"I put in some of the higher freshmen and sophomores who hadn't played much before," Yost said. "I was able to get everybody a lot of playing time."
Freshman Julie Haughton was a standout in this match, Yost said, with her play as a setter-passer. Stickler was also a force at the net and Becky Richardson had some good serves.
The Phantoms varsity squad opened the season Tuesday at home vs. Williams in matches played after deadline. Look for results in next week's issue.
Grand Canyon will play at Mayer Friday before heading to the Phoenix Country Day School Tournament on Saturday. Conference action begins Sept. 21 at Fredonia.