SPOKANE - The Sunnyside High School volleyball team may have only won one match this past Friday and Saturday at the Spokane Crossover Classic, but the Lady Grizzlies played like winners.
"We tied for 47th place out of 64 teams," said Sunnyside Coach Angel Carrizales. "That's 12 spots higher than last year.
"We played very tough in Spokane this past weekend. We were in every match," she said.
Carrizales was especially proud of her club because three of her star players missed most of the action. She said Jaymee Arevalo, one of Sunnyside's strongest players at the net, went down with an ankle injury on Friday. The team's primary setter, Kacee Jo Bootsma, missed much of Saturday's action because of a college test she had to take, and all-around standout Andrea Phillips was missing completely because of illness.
"I was very happy with the way Amy Amaro filled in for Jaymee (Arevalo), and the way our JV setter, Sami Jo Sartin, filled in for Kacee Jo (Bootsma)," Carrizales added.
In pool play, the Lady Grizzlies compiled a 1-2 record.
Sunnyside was edged in its opener by 4A Lewis & Clark, which prevailed by scores of 25-21, 25-23, 26-24.
Lakeside also dealt the Lady Grizzlies a loss, but was unable to sweep the Sunnyside club. Lakeside won the first game 25-21, but the Lady Grizzlies rebounded with a 25-23 victory in game two. In the rubber game, Lakeside squeaked out a 25-23 win.
In the last pool play match for the Lady Grizzlies, Sunnyside swept 4A Eastmont, winning by scores of 25-16, 25-21, 25-20.
"That put us in third place in our pool," said Carrizales. "We then advanced to play other teams that finished third in their pools."
In Sunnyside's first trophy round match, Lakeland swept the Lady Grizzlies 25-16, 25-23. Sunnyside fell to Hoover by a 25-18 score in the first game of its second trophy round match, but rallied to upend Hoover 25-23 in the second game. Hoover pulled out a 27-25 win in the rubber game.
Sunnyside closed out the Crossover Classic with a one-game match against a Southern California high school team. The Lady Grizzlies were barely edged, 25-21.
The Sunnyside volleyball team is scheduled to return to Mid-Valley League action tomorrow (Tuesday) at Prosser. The Mustangs won on Sunnyside's home floor, 3-0, back in mid-September.