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Sunnyside girls hop past Jackrabbits, 3-1

The Quincy Jackrabbits rolled into Sunnyside Tuesday evening with just two matches under their belt this season. The lack of court time showed.

"They definitely had some kinks to work out," said Sunnyside Coach Angel Carrizales.

The Lady Grizzly volleyball team took advantage of Quincy's sluggishness and posted a 25-12, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16 non-league victory. Last night's win boosted Sunnyside's record to 2-6 on the season.

Sunnyside battered the Jackrabbits in the opening game, winning handily by a 25-12 score. The Lady Grizzlies overpowered Quincy's girls at the net, recording kill-after-kill. The trio of Becca Van Pelt, Christy Linde and Jaymee Arevalo especially turned in strong net play. Van Pelt posted four kills and one block in the opening contest. Amy Amaro also contributed mightily in the opening game win, coming through with eight consecutive service points.

Quincy picked up its only win of the night in game two...a contest in which neither club played very well.

"We made a lot of errors that game," said Carrizales of the 25-22 loss, explaining that five of the miscues came from the service line. "We were lax. We didn't play our calibre of ball," she added.

Sunnyside didn't improve its style of play much in the third game, either. But with Quincy displaying an even less desire to win, the Lady Grizzlies prevailed by a 25-23 margin.

"We led that third game throughout," Carrizales said, "But we still weren't playing very well. It was sloppy volleyball."

Game four was a different story. The Lady Grizzlies returned to form and took the wind out of Quincy's sails early on. By building a big lead, Carrizales was able to do a lot of subbing at the end of the contest, which Sunnyside claimed by a 25-16 score to sew up the match.

"I was happy with last night's win," said Carrizales, "even though I was dissapointed with how we played in the second and third games. But, we rallied back nicely in the fourth game, and I was glad to see that."

Despite the less than spectacular performance, several of the Lady Grizzlies set season high numbers last night. Linde recorded 15 kills and 21 digs in the four-game match, and setter Kacee Jo Bootsma tallied 29 assists. Also coming through with decent numbers for Sunnyside were Arevalo with 11 kills, Talia Spini with four blocks and Amaro, who successfully landed 24-of-25 serve attempts in-bounds.

The Lady Grizzly spikers aren't scheduled to play this weekend. Their next match will be at home next Tuesday evening, Oct. 5, against visiting West Valley.

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