Things are starting to turn around for the Sunnyside volleyball team, which recorded its second straight victory last night with a 11-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-13 win over the West Valley Rams.
"They're starting to know what it takes to win," Sunnyside Coach Mhike Dumo said.
In what's beginning to become a signature for the Lady Grizzlies, Sunnyside started out slow once again last night in front of its home crowd.
"We made some mistakes and weren't where we were supposed to be," Dumo explained. "It was going south on us quick. We did some things that were good but not enough to win the game."
After the 25-11 loss Dumo told his team to take care of the ball, pass to the setter and take that extra step.
"Make a good pass, good set and put the ball away," he said.
Sunnyside's Alexis Ramos heeded the call, picking up on her passing and serve-receive game. Dumo singled her out but said everyone picked up their game as well.
"They worked hard to get these points," he said. "We knew West Valley was trying to get the W. It was the last game of the first half of the season and they (West Valley) haven't won one yet."
The Rams were no match for Sunnyside after the Lady Grizzlies settled down and concentrated on their serve-receive. They reeled off three straight victories while holding West Valley in check.
Melissa Stamschror had 21 assists for the Grizzlies. Molly Dolan had eight kills and one block. Kasi Guillen finished with 29 digs. "She was all over the court," Dumo said.
Claire Schilperoort had 10 kills and 17 digs. Ramos finished with five kills and seven digs, and Janelle Mendoza had six digs.
Dumo said he was impressed with all the digs his team came up with Tuesday night.
Sunnyside (2-4, 3-5) will start the second half of its schedule against Kamiakin Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in Kennewick.
"If they play the way they are supposed to play we should give Kamiakin a good game," Dumo predicted.