EAST VALLEY - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies kicked off their volleyball season last night at the East Valley Jamboree.
Sunnyside played two games each with Burbank, Riverview and East Valley.
The Lady Grizzlies swept Burbank, 25-24 and 25-20.
"In the first game we were down by 11 points," Sunnyside Coach Angel Carrizales said. "Heather Cant scored a run of 12 points in a row."
During the run Cant had 4 aces and the momentum in the game swung to the Lady Grizzlies. With the score tied at 24, Sunnyside was able to get the point and win the first game.
In the second game, Sunnyside's Claire Schilperoort had 5 kills, 4 aces and a run of six points. Sami Jo Sartin had a run of five points to start the game, including 2 aces.
In the games with Riverview, the Lady Grizzlies lost the first one by four points but according to Carrizales, it should have been more.
"We had six serving errors and two foot faults," she explained.
With rally scoring each mistake gives the other team points, she said.
The second game saw both teams neck and neck with Corrin Veiga stepping up towards the end. With the score tied at 24, Veiga served a winner for the game.
"She played well," Carrizales said.
She said the first game with East Valley was disappointing. Sunnyside battled the whole game but with the score tied at 24, East Valley got a big kill to win the first game. Sunnyside's Molly Dolan had 5 kills and 2 aces in the effort.
"We didn't do anything right," Carrizales said of the Lady Grizzlies' effort in the second game. "They shut our team concept down. We didn't have enough stamina to win that game."
Carrizales came away from last night's jamboree enthused with the way her girls played. She said she could have done away with a couple of the games but was happy nonetheless.
"I'm extremely pleased with their team unity and connection on the court," she added. "I think we're going to be a team that battles and fights for every match."
The Lady Grizzlies start the regular season Thursday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. when they travel to Kamiakin.