Lady Phantoms sweep<br>1A North Region opener

The Grand Canyon High School volleyball team opened Class 1A North Region play Friday with an impressive sweep over visiting Fredonia.

The Lady Phantoms disposed of the visitors 15-10, 15-8 and 15-2, 15-12.

Samantha Stickler easily wins this battle at the net with the kill spike.

The second game of the second match proved to be the most exciting of the day. That's because the Lady Phantoms had a few more challenges.

Grand Canyon struggled early in that game, sending three of its first four serves into the net. Meanwhile, Fredonia was building a 9-1 lead.

Grand Canyon had to work hard to get back into the game. Samantha Stickler served for a point to break the nine-point run by Fredonia, finished with a Tiffany Monroe kill.

Later, Kara Foo served for a point to bring the Phantoms to within 9-3. After the Lynx scored to go up by seven again, Grand Canyon reeled off four straight to get things rolling.

Three points came with Nikki Harvey at the service line. Fredonia hit long on point four and sent the ball into the net on point five. Melissa Monroe then came up with the kill spike on point six.

"I was really impressed with how we came back," Grand Canyon coach Matt Yost said. "We were down 10-3 before we started to play. We dug down and pulled out a win."

After a few sideouts, the Lady Phantoms pulled to within 10-7 with Tiffany Monroe serving. Fredonia countered with its 11th point before Grand Canyon ran off another three straight.

In that stretch, Melissa Monroe served for a point and then Kara Foo followed with two excellent serves.

The Lynx broke serve and scored after Grand Canyon was called for an illegal hit. That would be the last point for Fredonia in the match.

Grand Canyon scored five straight to send Fredonia into the locker room. Tiffany Monroe served on point 11 and then the team later scored three straight with Cally Foo serving. Stickler had a kill on the 12th point.

Melissa Monroe served for the match, the Lynx couldn't handle the ball and the Lady Phantoms had completed the sweep.

The Lady Phantoms participated in the Joseph City Invitational on Saturday and came home with one victory.

Grand Canyon opened with Orme, falling 15-11, 15-8. Then after a considerable wait for the next match, Grand Canyon downed Ash Fork, 6-15, 15-10, 9-4.

The matches had a 50-minute time limit and 10 minutes before that limit, scoring is changed to rally. If the match is still not finished at the 50-minute mark, the score at that time is used as final. Thus, the 9-4 score in the third game of the Ash Fork match.

The Lady Phantoms then fell to a pair of conference teams. St. Michael downed Grand Canyon 15-2, 15-4 and Seligman pulled off a 15-14, 5-15, 9-7 win.

Another tournament rule was the winning team only had to win by one point, as evidenced in the first game of the Seligman match.

On Friday, the Grand Canyon JV downed Fredonia, 16-14, 6-15, 15-10. Rally scoring was used in the third game.

Grand Canyon (2-0, 5-7) will host Mayer Friday. Matches are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The team then heads to Seligman on Saturday with action set to begin at 3 p.m.

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