WEST VALLEY - The West Valley Rams maintained their grip on a first place tie in the Mid-Valley League standings with a straight set victory over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies this past Saturday.
The win boosted West Valley's conference record to 5-1. Both, Selah and Prosser also have 5-1 Mid-Valley League records.
The Rams prevailed over Sunnyside by 25-8, 25-16, 25-18 scores. The defeat dropped Sunnyside's league record to 1-6.
Saturday's match started out on the sluggish side for both clubs. But then, the Rams caught fire when one of their players reeled off 17 consecutive service points.
"She had a very dominating serve," Sunnyside Coach Angel Carrizales said.
"The goal after that was to keep her to minimal serving runs," Carrizales added, explaining that for the most part her Lady Grizzlies did exactly that.
Unfortunately, West Valley had plenty of other players who picked up the slack.
In the third game, Sunnyside made a hard charge at the Rams, eventually building an 18-16 lead. West Valley answered back down the stretch, though, closing out the contest by outscoring the Lady Grizzlies by a 9-0 margin.
Despite Saturday's loss, Sunnyside's Jaymee Arevalo turned in a strong effort at the net. Arevalo recorded five kills and had one block. Sunnyside teammate Talia Spini contributed three blocks at the net, and another of the Lady Grizzlies, Katie Weets, was credited with two kills and one block. Devina Martinez of Sunnyside came through with 11 defensive digs for the Lady Grizzlies.
In looking ahead to Tuesday's non-league match at home against Quincy, Carrizales said she doesn't know much about the Jackrabbits.
"We haven't seen them play, although we know typically they field a pretty strong team," she said.