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Sunnyside Christian girls pick up third win of year

LYLE - The victories have been few and far between for the Sunnyside Christian High School girls volleyball team this season. The Lady Knights picked up one of those rare wins last night, however, rallying from two games down to clip the Lyle Cougars.

Monday's evening 19-25, 8-25, 25-11, 25-15, 15-8 victory was the second win this season for Sunnyside Christian over Lyle, and just the Lady Knights' third victory this year.

The local team will close out the regular season this coming Thursday on its home court, against the visiting Klickitat Vandals. Klickitat swept the Lady Knights in three straight back in late September.

One of the keys for Sunnyside Christian last night in rallying from behind against Lyle was the play of Alyssa Haak. She got on a roll from the service line, averaging nine consecutive serves in each of the last three games her club won.

Haak ended up putting all 30 of her serve attempts into play in Monday's five-game match, which included recording a team-best two aces along the way. She also was credited with five defensive digs and five perfect passes in last night's match.

The hammer for the Lady Knights last night proved to be Joleen Van Wingerden. She stepped it up at the net and slammed home 16 kills. Van Wingerden contributed in other areas, as well, recording four digs and 15 perfect passes while going 10-of-11 from the service line.

Also coming through for Sunnyside Christian were Janelle DeGroot with seven kills and a team-high two blocks, Abby Bangs with a team-best 13 assists and seven perfect passes, Ashley Haak with 10 assists and seven perfect passes, and Abby Ingvalson with six perfect passes and 15-of-16 numbers in serving the ball.

SCHS Coach Tammy Bangs indicated her club was slow and lethargic in the opening two games last night. "The first game looked like it was being played in slow motion," she said.

Things only got worse in game two, as Lyle backed up its opening 25-19 win with a 25-8 whipping of the Lady Knights.

By the time the third game rolled around, said Bangs, her team finally managed to come alive.

"The girls kicked it into high gear and had some great plays at the net, as well as some really good defense," she said.

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