YAKIMA - This past Saturday at the SunDome Classic the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies got a chance to measure themselves against state 3A teams and snuck a look at one of its future opponents.
Sunnyside started pool play with two other teams, Newport and Sedro Woolley, playing Newport first.
"They're a pretty tough team and we ended up killing them in the first game 25-11," Sunnyside Coach Angel Carrizales said. "We served very well."
In the first game the Lady Grizzlies recorded seven aces, led by Corrin Veiga and Molly Dolan.
"Corrin played well in serve receiving and defense," Carrizales said. "Molly Dolan also played well. She had two blocks and three aces."
Sunnyside eventually succumbed to Newport in the second and third games, losing 25-14 and 25-17.
Carrizales said her volleyball team played tough in the last two games but she was more concerned with finding the right line-up for games coming this week. She switched up her team to try and find the right one.
In Sunnyside's second match of the tournament the Lady Grizzlies swept Sedro Woolley 25-11, 25-18 and 25-19.
Carrizales switched her setters and played Kerri Urrutia at the position for all three games. In the first game Sunnyside's Brittani Rammerman had a run of 10 on her serve.
In the second game it was Kasi Guillen stepping up. She had a run of five points on her serve and played tough defense, getting four digs.
Carrizales said in the third game the Lady Grizzlies executed well offensively to get the win.
With the sweep of Sedro Woolley and the one game Sunnyside took from Newport the Lady Grizzlies finished second in their pool to advance and play Southridge.
"They're in our league and they have a really tough program," Carrizales said of Southridge.
Sunnyside lost the first game 25-19.
"It was a heartbreaker," Carrizales said. "We competed all the way to the end. We played them very strong."
Southridge took the match by beating Sunnyside 25-3 in the second game.
"We got tired towards the end," Carrizales explained. "One Southridge player served 11 consecutive points on her serve and another served nine consecutive points."
The 20 points were too much for the Lady Grizzlies to overcome. They finished fourth out of eight teams in the 3A bracket.
"I was really proud of the way the girls played," Carrizales said. "We competed with every team. We had a lot of fun this weekend and I thought that was really important."
The Lady Grizzlies (0-1, 1-3) continue league play this Tuesday, Sept. 12, when they travel to Richland to take on the Hanford Falcons.