YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian High School volleyball team got its season off to a promising start last Friday, winning two of four matches during the season opening SunDome tournament held in Yakima.
The Lady Knights were able to push past Rainer Christian High School in two sets, winning 25-16, 25-16. The Sunnyside team also beat the team from Waitsburg, winning 25-9, 22-25, 15-3. But the tournament also included two losses. The Lady Knights lost to LaConner High School 9-25, 13-25, and to White Swan by a score of 16-25, 29-27, 2-15.
"I was pleased with our performance," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Andrea Dobson. "It shows us where we are and what we need to work on."
During the first match of the tournament the Lady Knights took on Rainier Christian. Dobson said her team looked good during its first match of the season.
"We only missed one serve all match," Dobson commented. She added that her team also did a good job of communicating on the court.
Dobson explained that in the second match of the SunDome tournament her team went up against last year's state A finalist. She noted that last year LaConner lost to Colfax in the final round of the state tournament. Dobson said the LaConner team is still a tough team to come up against, noting that they had good ball handling skills.
"They really worked the ball around," Dobson said of LaConner.
In the third match of the tournament, the Lady Knights took on White Swan, pushing the game to three sets.
"The third match could have gone either way," Dobson said.
She added that she attributes Sunnyside Christian's loss to White Swan to several breakdowns in communication during the match.
Despite losing two matches in a row, the Lady Knights ended the tournament on a high note. Going up against Waitsburg, Dobson said her team managed to pick up the pace.
Helping the Lady Knights get their season off to a good start was Chelsey Jones, who finished the day with 25 kills, 3 ace serves, 29 digs and 4 blocks.
Also putting in good performances for the Lady Knights were Jessica Schrotenboer, who had 15 kills, 10 ace serves, 18 digs and 2 blocks; Andrea Schutt, who had 19 kills, 8 ace serves, 23 digs and 6 blocks; Courtney Rice, who had 10 kills, 15 ace serves and 15 digs; Tori Van Wingerden, who had 70 assists, 6 ace serves, 10 digs and 4 kills; and Abby Berkompas, who had 5 kills, 4 ace serves and 10 digs.
"It was a good start for us," Dobson said.
The Lady Knights will take to the court again this Tuesday, Sept. 13, against visiting Mabton.