PASCO - After taking a 2-0 lead, the Sunnyside Christian High School volleyball team held on for a 3-2 win at Tri-Cities Prep last night.
Sunnyside Christian cruised in game one with a 25-11 win over a Jaguar squad that featured all seniors for a senior nigh celebration.
Things were closer in game two, as the Lady Knights held on for a 25-21 win as Tri-Cities Prep inserted their regular line-up.
Tri-Cities Prep refused to go quietly, pulling out 25-22 wins in games three and four to knot the match at 2-2.
"In the third and fourth games we trailed for awhile and came back, but still lost by a couple of points," noted SCHS Coach Tammy Bangs. "In that fifth game I told the girls they had to play aggressive and force them (Tri-Cities Prep) to make the errors."
The Lady Knights responded to the challenge with a 15-7 win to take the match and close the regular season with an overall record of 10-6. SCHS was 5-4 in league play.
Bangs said her team's win last night came down to "communication and passing." She added, "We were making sure to dig everything up off the floor."
Tori VanWingerden was perfect behind the service line for SCHS, connecting on all 25 serve attempts. Teammate Andrea Schutt dominated at the net with 11 kills and five blocks. Melanie VanWingerden, also of SCHS, recorded a team-high 12 kills.
Tori VanWingerden and Abby Bangs kept the Sunnyside Christian attack humming with 14 and 10 assists, respectively. Teammate Emma Newhouse added five kills.
The Lady Knights now gear up for the District tourney this Saturday at Goldendale.
"We are really going to be working on passing and getting the girls used to scrambling for everything," Bangs said of her team's practices over the next few days.
SCHS opens district play in a loser-out contest with Trout Lake/Glennwood. If the Lady Knights win that match, Bangs said they will play the winner of a Klickitat/Bickleton match for the right to advance to State.