PROSSER - For the first time all season the Sunnyside volleyball team came out of the gate strong, not waiting for the second or third game to establish themselves.
But the girls couldn't sustain the momentum in a 25-21, 25-16, 25-14 loss at Prosser Thursday night.
"We were only down by one at 22-21 in the first game and we were serving when a bum call gave Prosser a 23-21 lead," said Coach Angel Carrizales. "Our serve was clearly in and they called it out."
Carrizales said the call proved to be a turning point not just in the game, but for the entire match.
"It was really disappointing for the girls and it took the wind out of their sails," she said. Making matters worse for Sunnyside was Prosser's outside hitter, Claire Rapp, who proved to be a dynamo for the Mustangs. "She served well, she passed well, she was their team last night," Carrizales observed.
Trailing 20-10 in the second game, Sunnyside's Alexis Ramos provided a glimmer of hope with six consecutive points on service. That made it a 20-16 game before the host Mustangs pulled away.
Ramos had 13 digs and four kills for the match and Christi Linde knocked down 11 kills.
Carrizales promised that the Lady Grizzlies (0-4, 0-5) will face a tough practice today in preparation for a Mid-Valley League road game at Hanford tomorrow, Saturday.
"If we can regain that momentum from the first game last night we'll give Hanford a run for their money," she said.