To Sunnyside's credit, the Lady Grizzly volleyball team basically shut down Prosser's top hitter last night. Dynamo Claire Raap, Prosser's sensational force at the net, was limited to just seven kills Thursday evening.
Unfortunately for the Sunnyside volleyball team, the Mustangs still found a way to win. And Prosser did it in convincing fashion, scoring a 25-13, 25-17, 25-21 sweep.
The defeat dropped the Lady Grizzlies' Mid-Valley League record to 0-3. The 'Stangs improved to 4-1.
Sunnyside Coach Angel Carrizales said her players eventually figured out a way to counter Prosser's attack from the middle of the net last night.
"We knew Prosser's middle hitters were their strength," she said. "We eventually shut that part of their game down."
The key to taking the middle away from the Mustangs was the play of Talia Spini and Erica Mendez. Each of the Lady Grizzlies came away with five blocks last night.
Spini, especially, stood out last night, as Carrizales matched her up against Prosser's big hitter-Raap. The Prosser sophomore only was able to come through with seven kills, well below the 17 she recorded recently against West Valley.
Sunnyside found itself in a big hole after Prosser dominated the first two games, but the Lady Grizzlies refused to go away quietly. Playing on their home floor, the Lady Grizzlies gave the Sunnyside faithful something to cheer about when they forged a lead on the 'Stangs in the third set. At the midway point of the contest Sunnyside was up by a 15-11 count and seemed in control of the game. Suddenly, though, Prosser's Megan Oten got hot from the service line and sparked her club. Oten ended up with seven consecutive service points. By the time she was finished serving, Sunnyside was on the short end of an 18-15 score. Prosser outscored the Lady Grizzlies by a 7-6 margin down the stretch to pull out the 25-21 victory.
Carrizales said it wasn't so much a case of Oten's serves being dominating that did in her team. Rather, she explained that the Lady Grizzlies' serve-receive efforts basically went on the blink for a short time.
"We have problems with our serve-receive at brief moments," she said. "We're kind of sporadic in that area."
In looking ahead, Carrizales' club hosts Hanford this coming Saturday afternoon. The Lady Grizzlies took the Falcons to five games on the Hanford gym floor in a conference opening loss back on Sept. 2.
"We know we can play with Hanford," Carrizales said. "It should be a competitive match. They're like Hanford, very strong in the middle. But we've made some changes to adapt to that.
"We're pretty evenly matched with them. The team that shows up to play will win," she added.