MOXEE - Recording its best start in recent years, Sunnyside opened the 2005 volleyball season at East Valley yesterday in a four-team jamboree.
The Lady Grizzlies went 4-2, playing two games each against Riverview, Burbank and host East Valley.
"Everybody got playing time and everyone contributed," Coach Angel Carrizales said of the jamboree. "We went in hoping to serve consistently and have as many aces as errors."
Sunnyside more than met the challenge, recording 17 aces against 14 errors.
In one game, for example, team captain Christy Linde recorded nine consecutive points on serve - five from aces - to rally the Lady Grizzlies from an 11-21 deficit against East Valley.
"We're extremely optimistic," Carrizales said after Tuesday's outcome. "Overall our girls are playing a lot better defensively," she observed.
In game scores from Tuesday, Sunnyside swept Riverview 27-25 and 25-19, split with Burbank 25-17 and 17-25, and split with East Valley 25-20, 21-25.
Carrizales said the most important outcome from Tuesday's non-league jamboree was preparing for Mid-Valley League play.
"Our biggest goal was to figure out what to do with Hanford tomorrow," she said of Thursday's league and home opener at 7 p.m. in the Sunnyside High School gym.