The Grand Canyon High School volleyball team dropped two matches to St. Michael Friday 15-6, 15-9 and 15-11, 15-12 before ending the regular season Saturday with a win over Tri-City Prep, 15-2, 16-14.
The Lady Phantoms (4-6, 8-14) will now host the 1A North Region Tournament on Friday. Because of Seligman being awarded forfeit wins over St. Michael (the Cardinals used an ineligible player), the standings were jumbled and Grand Canyon ended up fifth. The first round opponent for the Phantoms will be rival Ash Fork.
A win will pit the Phantoms against Joseph City. The losers of the two semifinal matches would then play to determine the third qualifier for state. A loss to Ash Fork ends the season for Grand Canyon.
"We’re still not where I want us to be playing team-wise," GCHS coach Matt Yost said. "We’re definitely not focused on what we should be focusing on."
Instead, the team has been sidetracked with things like injuries. Tiffany Monroe missed the St. Michael matches with a hand injury. This past weekend, Yost found out Kara Foo will be questionable for regionals after injuring a finger in an accident at home.
In Friday’s losses, Yost said the Foo sisters played well along with Adrianne Keebahe and Michelle Harvey, who had to neutralize the loss of Tiffany Monroe. In the win over Tri-City, the Phantoms rallied from game point to score the match’s final five points with Melissa Monroe serving.
In JV action Friday, St. Michael downed the Phantoms, 12-15, 15-10, 15-8. Tri-City Prep’s varsity downed the local JV team, 15-12, 16-14. Yost said Melissa Skeet and Jenna Diaz-Gonzalez were standouts.
Grand Canyon and Ash Fork will play at 11 a.m. Friday to open the tournament. Seligman and Fredonia will follow at 12:30 p.m. The Grand Canyon-Ash Fork winner will take on top-seeded Joseph City at 2 p.m., followed by St. Michael against the Seligman-Fredonia winner.
The consolation game, with the winner getting a state playoff berth, and the championship game will be played in the late afternoon and evening.