Phantoms now 4-0 in region<br>with sweep vs. Seligman

The Grand Canyon High School volleyball team remained unbeaten in the 1A North Region with a sweep over Seligman on Saturday.

The Lady Phantoms overcame a slow start to take victories of 15-10, 12-15, 15-5 and 15-4, 15-11.

Tiffany Monroe goes up for the block against Mayer on Friday.

"The first match, we were a little tense. We took it in three but it really shouldn’t have gone to three," Grand Canyon coach Matt Yost said. "In the second match, we came out on fire and we had the mindset that we were going to attack."

The Lady Phantoms did have a bit of a letdown in the second game of the final match. After shooting out to a 14-3 lead, Yost said the girls lost their concentration as Seligman ran off eight straight points. But then Grand Canyon got the win with Melissa Monroe at the service line.

"We weren’t getting any calls and we won the game by attacking them," Yost said. "We made the other team make mistakes. That was definitely a plus, that was a positive."

Yost has been excited about the team’s improved play over the past few weeks. The Lady Phantoms have been running plays they’ve worked on in practice and certain players have stepped up their game.

"Our serves were definitely better than usual," Yost said. "We’re always giving ourselves a chance with no service errors. And our serve receiving was working really nice as well."

Yost said Melissa Monroe has rediscovered the timing on her hits while Samantha Stickler has been hitting the ball hard and accurately.

"I’m pretty excited about the team, but we’ll have a tough week of practice this week and go over more things," Yost said.

Grand Canyon remains in a tie for first place with Joseph City in the 1A North. Those two teams will meet Saturday in Wildcat country. Grand Canyon figures to be losing four or five players for the match because of a conflict with a Halloween carnival.

The Lady Phantoms will also hit the road on Friday for a another key matchup with Ash Fork. The Spartans are 3-5 heading into the match.

"We’re 4-0 and play Ash Fork and Joseph City this weekend and anything can happen," Yost said. "Then we play St. Michael’s away when we’ll be missing three of our seniors."

The St. Michael match is scheduled for Oct. 25 on the road. That is the same day three Grand Canyon seniors will be taking college entrance exams. The team will then host the 1A North Region tournament on Nov. 1.

Grand Canyon got ready for Saturday’s Seligman matches with a home appearance on Friday against Class 2A Mayer. The Wildcats took a 10-15, 15-5, 15-10 victory.

The Lady Phantoms came out strong in the first game of the match, breaking a 5-5 tie with six straight points, five of those with Melissa Monroe serving. After the Wildcats pulled to within 11-10, Grand Canyon finished it out with four straight points, the last three with Nikki Harvey serving.

After Mayer dominated the second game, the third one went down to the wire. The Lady Phantoms saw a 9-3 lead slip away and then appeared to regain momentum after going up 10-9 on an ace serve by Cally Foo. Then a Grand Canyon player was called for a questionable illegal hit and Mayer dominated the rest of the way.

Grand Canyon's record now stands at 4-0 in the region, 7-8 overall.

In JV action Friday, the Phantoms lost twice at home to Mayer, the second score being 15-3, 15-3 (first score not available). On Saturday, Seligman took a 16-14, 15-10 win.


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