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Rallies costly for S'side volleyball

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Eleanor Garcia (2) serves for a point in Sunnyside's loss to Selah.

Sunnyside's volleyball team took the early lead but couldn't sustain the momentum in a 3-0 home loss to Selah on Wednesday evening.

The Lady Grizzlies kept it close early in the first game of the match, trailing just 10-7, before the Vikings reeled off 15 of the next 20 points for a 25-17 win.

The second game saw Sunnyside open with their strongest play of the match with a 7-3 lead before falling 25-12. Again, the girls couldn't interrupt a Selah scoring streak. The Vikings scored seven consecutive points and 22 of the final 27 points for the win.

There was no quit in the Lady Grizzlies who opened with yet another lead at 4-2 to begin the third and final game. Selah replied with a 17-5 run on the way to a 25-13 match-clinching win.

Even with the match outcome no longer in doubt, the Lady Grizzlies battled - diving headlong out of bounds to keep a rally alive.

Sunnyside Coach Angel Carrizales said a successful serving game was the key to her team's early momentum. "We came in with the goal of being able to score consecutive points on serve," she said.

But it was her young team's defense - Carrizales played several sophomores against Selah - that couldn't keep Selah at bay.

"They're well known as a good passing team and they're hard to defend," she said.

Highlights for Sunnyside included a double-double for Christy Linde, 10 kills and 10 digs, as well as 23 assists from Sami Jo Sartin.

"We were too quiet out there tonight," Carrizales said of her team's lack of communication on defense. "The setters and captains are going to take that on as a personal challenge when we play Wapato."

Sunnyside (0-6, 0-7) plays at Wapato this Thursday evening.

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