YAKIMA - Throughout the Lady Grizzlies' season this year there have been some very close games the team has lost. Games that if won, could have made a big difference in the outcome of the match.
Tuesday night was no different as the Lady Grizzlies fell to the West Valley Rams 18-25, 23-25, 25-20 and 14-25.
The first game was described by Sunnyside Coach Angel Carrizales as a ping pong game.
"We were back and forth the whole time," she said.
The two teams traded points until the end with the Rams leading 16-15. After getting three side outs the Grizzlies couldn't capitalize and missed three serves in a row. West Valley managed to hit its serves and finished out the game with a seven-point cushion.
In game two the Grizzlies came out strong. Claire Schilperoort started the game with a scoring run of six points on her serve.
"We led the majority of the game," Carrizales said. "We were the first to 20 points."
With the score tied at 21 apiece, Sunnyside took the lead 22-21 thanks to a kill by Molly Dolan. But, the Lady Grizzlies failed to capitalize on their service game and West Valley got a sideout to tie the game at 22. The Rams then served an ace to go up 23-22 but a ball handling error by the Rams allowed the Grizzlies to side out and tie the score again at 23.
The Grizzlies stalled again on the serving game and West Valley finished out game two with a two-point win to go up 2 games to 0.
Carrizales said game three began competitively with both teams serve-receiving and playing offense very well.
The Grizzlies found themselves down 10-9 when Schilperoort served a run of four points for a 13-10 lead. The next five consecutive Sunnyside servers each had a run of at least two points to take game three 25-20.
In game four the Lady Grizzlies again lost their serve. The first rotation each girl only served once before siding out. This allowed the Rams to go up 7-1.
"Our ball handling was not very successful and we had trouble with our serve-receiving and playing defense," Carrizales said.
At one point in game four Sunnyside was down 24-9.
"The girls fought back at the end," Carrizales added. "I think that showed a lot of strength and pride."
Dolan finished with seven kills on the evening. Jordyne Jaquish also had seven kills. Corrin Veiga had six kills and 10 digs while Marina Martinez had 28 digs.
Sunnyside (0-6, 3-8) hosts Kamiakin this Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m.