La Grande’s Anna Grigsby (10) takes a swing against Baker during a three-set sweep Tuesday. (Paul Harder/The Observer)
Motivation wasn’t in short supply for the La Grande volleyball team Tuesday night.
The Tigers hosted rival Baker in a league contest, and wore pink to support breast cancer research and raise money. That added up to a sweep, 25-6, 25-12, 25-15 over the Bulldogs.
“They came out fired up,” Melinda Becker-Bisenius said. “Of course, for the Pink Game they were trying to raise money for Verda Lilly. And it’s a league game against Baker. It doesn’t get better than that.
“The match started early today, but it was great to see a very good crowd out to watch the girls tonight. That always helps add a little more emotion to the match.”
Junior Anna Grigsby set the tone in the opening game, serving 15 straight points, including eight service aces during that stretch.
A kill by Hanna Cashell put Grigsby at the service line with the score 7-3, and she helped push the lead to 22-3.
“I guess I was just feeling it,” Grigsby said. “I just listened to my coach and put the ball where she wanted me to. A little calm and focus also helped. It just worked out well.”
Grigsby also had success at the net with seven kills, tied with Cassi Brownell for the team lead.
With the win, La Grande sits on top of the Greater Oregon League standings alone with a 3-0 record, and improved to 12-1 overall. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 11 in the OSAA state rankings.
“It’s always exciting to play your rival,” Grigsby said. “Our goal is to go through the league schedule without losing a game.”
Cashell finished with five kills, four aces and 11 digs.
Cassidy Crites had five kills and a solo block.
Kendall Kirkland had team-highs in digs with 13 and assists with 16.
Brandy Blackman added 11 digs.
The Tigers will host Ontario at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Ontario will come to La Grande with a 5-9 overall record and is 1-2 in league play.