KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies found themselves outmatched this past Saturday in Kennewick. Trying to straighten out the seedings for the Regional tournament next weekend in Spokane, Sunnyside played undefeated Kamiakin in the first match.
"Kamiakin is good," Sunnyside Coach Mhike Dumo said. "They're not undefeated for no reason."
The Braves made quick work of the Lady Grizzlies, beating them 25-17, 25-14, 25-12 in the Braves' home gym.
"The girls tried hard, though," Dumo said. "We were making some good plays but Kamiakin just has too many weapons. You stop one thing and they start something else."
Dumo said whatever his volleyball team tried the Braves had an answer for. At one point Sunnyside was able to finally shut down the Braves' outside hitters only to have the middle hitters keep up the attack at the net.
Claire Schilperoort led the Lady Grizzlies with nine kills and nine digs. Alexis Ramos had one kill and seven digs. Jordyn Jaquish finished with four kills and Molly Dolan had three kills. Melissa Stamschror contributed 17 assists and Kasi Guillen pulled out 23 digs.
The loss knocked Sunnyside into the third/fourth place seeding match against Southridge later in the day on Saturday. Sunnyside almost mirrored their first match, losing 25-17, 25-14, 25-13.
Schilperoort again led the Lady Grizzlies with six kills and 13 digs. Ramos had one kill and six digs. Dolan finished with three kills and two blocks. Jacquish added two kills and one block. Stamschror ended up with 10 assists and Guillen had 10 digs.
"You can tell by our stats it was bad," Dumo said of his teams' performance. "We dug too big of holes to get out of in each game."
The two losses leave Sunnyside as the fourth seed into Regionals from the Columbia Basin League.
"I told them no matter what happens to keep their heads high," Dumo said. "I told them you're still going to Regionals next week."
Dumo said his team needs to get back on the practice court and work on their basic skills.
"We'll go from there," Dumo said.
Sunnyside will travel to Spokane to compete in the Regional Tournament Nov. 2-3.