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Lady Grizzlies compete at East Valley jamboree

MOXEE - Things got off to a bad start for the Sunnyside High School girls volleyball team Tuesday night. But Lady Grizzly Coach Angel Carrizales still feels good about how her players did at the four-team East Valley jamboree.

The jamboree featured Columbia-Burbank, RiverView, Sunnyside and host East Valley. The format for the tournament was two-game matches, with the scoring capped at 25.

Carrizales said she was able to see how different groups of players could work together at the jamboree. She said the jamboree gave her a bit more of an opportunity to look at her players than she had during last week's Mid-Valley League opener against Hanford.

Sunnyside opened the jamboree against Columbia-Burbank. The Lady Coyotes took both games, winning 25-17, 25-19. Carrizales said her team was running about 20 minutes late because they had to wait for their uniforms. She added that the Lady Grizzlies weren't able to warm up properly as a result of being late.

"We were basically thrown out on the court," said Carrizales.

In the second match, the Lady Grizzlies had a relatively easy time with RiverView, winning 25-20, 25-21.

In the final match of the jamboree for Sunnyside, the Lady Grizzlies played East Valley in what turned out to be a tale of confusion. The score of the first game was 27-25, in Sunnyside's favor. But the East Valley coaching staff disputed the score because the cap was supposed to be at 25. Carrizales said East Valley ended up winning the first game after officials ruled the Lady Red Devils reached 25 first. East Valley then won the second game 25-16.

Serving was horrendous for the Lady Grizzlies in the second game against East Valley, said Carrizales. Sunnyside went through a stint where it missed five consecutive serves. Sunnyside had six serving errors in the second game and zero aces. Carrizales said the only Lady Grizzly to not miss a serve in the second game was Kacee Jo Bootsma.

The Lady Grizzlies did have some bright spots. In the opener against Columbia-Burbank, Sunnyside had 14 aces. The Lady Grizzlies picked up another 10 aces against RiverView.

Carrizales saw some bright individual play Tuesday night. Talia Spini, who stands 6'1" and plays the middle of the net, had five kills against Columbia-Burbank. Christy Linde had eight kills in the same match. Bootsma tallied 19 assists against RiverView. Carrizales also praised the efforts of Erica Mendez with her serve-receive efforts. In the East Valley match, Jaymee Arevalo and Linde each had six kills, while Devina Martinez finished with 11 digs. Arevalo and Linde combined for 11 of their 12 kills in the first game against the Lady Red Devils.

Carrizales said she wasn't too concerned with serving, feeling the Lady Grizzlies did relatively well on the night, except for the final game against East Valley. She said one area her group could have done better in was blocking.

"Our blocking could have been a lot stronger," said Carrizales.

Sunnyside will be taking part in the SunDome Festival this Friday and Saturday in Yakima.

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