Finally, after going winless last season and losing its first two matches to start the 2007 season, the Sunnyside girls volleyball team beat the visiting Eastmont Wildcats 30-28, 26-24 and 25-19 in a hard fought league game Thursday night.
"Tonight's win is all about the girls," SHS Coach Mhike Dumo said yesterday. "All the credit goes to them. The monkey is off our back."
The marathon first game was the Lady Grizzlies' first win in league competition this year. And they almost gave it away.
"We were way ahead and then allowed Eastmont to come back and rally," Dumo said. "We almost gave it away but we played hard and pulled it off. They weren't giving up, you could see it in their eyes."
Eastmont tied the game at 21 points and then it was back and forth after that. Dumo said his Grizzlies would go up by one point and then the Wildcats would be up by one.
"It was nerve wracking and exciting at the same time," he added.
In the second game Sunnyside fell behind quickly but eventually rallied. Dumo said he told his girls to relax and stick to the plan they used to get the win the first game.
"I told them if we can get the pass to the setter we're going to be good," Dumo recalled. "Eastmont is a good team. I guess the volleyball god was looking down on us tonight."
In the third game Sunnyside started strong and finished strong, leaving no room for error. The game was close, but not as close as the first two games, Dumo said.
"I don't know when the last time the girls won a match but those girls are happy tonight," he added.
Melissa Stamschror had a monster game, totaling 21 assists and scoring one ace. Alexis Ramos had four kills and eight digs. Claire Schilperoort added seven kills and eight digs. Jordan Jaquish had eight kills, three blocks and five aces. Molly Dolan had seven kills and two blocks and Kasi Guillen added 12 digs. Alissa Martin finished with one ace and one assist.
Sunnyside (1-2) will host Kennewick this Saturday, Sept. 15, at 11:30 a.m.