WEST VALLEY - The second place finishing team at last Saturday's District tournament, the Prosser Mustangs, put an end to the Sunnyside High School volleyball team's season.
In a first round loser-out match at District, Prosser bested the Lady Grizzlies in the three-game match, 25-13, 25-15, 25-15.
Sunnyside fared well at the net against the powerful hitting Mustang squad, but it was a different story in trying to contend with Prosser's serves.
"They served us off the court," said Sunnyside Coach Angel Carrizales. "Their serving got us into trouble."
At the net, the Lady Grizzlies did an admirable job in limiting Prosser's top hitter, Claire Raap, to a so-so performance. Sunnyside's Katie Weets and Talia Spini came up with a total of 12 blocks, many of which were directed at Raap's spike attempts.
Surprisingly, Sunnyside received a top notch effort from freshman Claire Schiperoort on Saturday. Brought up from the JV to fill in for a couple of varsity players who had to take tests that day, Schilperoort came through with 12 defensive digs against Prosser.
"She had more digs than anyone on our team," Carrizales said of the freshman. "Claire also went 5-for-5 from the service line."
Also posting some pretty decent individual numbers against Prosser were Christy Linde with six kills, Becca Van Pelt with four kills and four blocks, and Kacee Jo Bootsma with 14 assists.
The top three finishing teams at District-Selah, Prosser and West Valley-advance to the Regional tournament, to be hosted by Cheney this coming Saturday.