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SCHS sweeps Lady Pirates in three

BICKLETON - In a battle of familiar foes last night, Sunnyside Christian's volleyball team prevailed 3-0 at Bickleton.

The Lady Knights earned the victory via 25-10, 25-14, 25-16 scores.

"It was a good match," said SCHS Coach Tammy Bangs. "I mostly wanted to have an opportunity for the girls to have fun playing and that's what they did."

For Bickleton, there were signs of hope in the match, but the Lady Pirates couldn't sustain momentum.

"We really struggled with playing a consistent game," said Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore. "We would play really well for four to six points, and then have a bad stretch." Whitmore added, "We expect that to happen to some extent because we are so young."

Leading the way for Sunnyside Christian was Tori VanWingerden with a perfect 23-of-23 serving to go with a team-high 14 assists. Teammate and sister Melanie VanWingerden was 18-of-19 behind the service line, with one ace.

Andrea Schutt had four kills for the Lady Knights, and teammate Andrea Schutt added four kills.

Morgan McBride paced Bickleton with five assists and Chelsey Mercer had five kills for the Lady Pirates.

SCHS (4-1, 6-1) hosts Liberty Christian this Friday in a non-league match and Bickleton travels to Lyle this Thursday.

"It was a positive thing," Bangs said of yesterday's win. "Now we just need to prepare for Friday."

Of Bickleton, Whitmore noted in looking ahead, "Our passing and serving are improving."

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