RICHLAND - The Sunnyside volleyball team watched with frustration as servers for Hanford had huge runs in each game, helping the Falcons roll over the Lady Grizzlies 25-8, 25-17 and 25-10, Tuesday night.
"In every game they had one server who had runs," Sunnyside Coach Angel Carrizales said. "If we could have stopped any one of those runs we could have competed to the end."
In the first game Hanford took an 8-0 lead before Carrizales called a timeout to settle her team down. After the timeout the Falcons scored two more points before Sunnyside could get a side-out.
"We couldn't anything going in the first game," she said. "The girls were kind of depleted. We didn't even get a service rotation in the first game."
In the second game the Lady Grizzlies were competing, but again the Falcons had one server who came up and had a run of 10 points.
"If we could have stopped that run we would have been OK," Carrizales said.
She said the third game was more of the same. This time a Hanford server scored a run of eight points in the middle of the game and destroyed any chance for Sunnyside.
The poor service-receiving game by the Lady Grizzlies has led Carrizales to change things up a bit.
"Basically we are going to try to set up our kids to succeed," she said.
Carrizales said she will move her best service-receive passers to the back row. Kerri Urrutia, Marina Martinez and Claire Schilperoort will return all of the serves.
"This will give us a better chance to get the ball to the target," Carrizales explained. "None of our other players will have to worry about receiving the ball."
During the Hanford match Schilperoort had three kills, as did Molly Dolan. Martinez finished the game with eight digs.
Despite the loss Carrizales said her girls are fine.
"They are ready to step up to the challenge and we'll be ready for Eastmont," she said.
The Lady Grizzlies (0-2, 1-4) host Eastmont Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.