WENATCHEE - It won't count as an official victory, but the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team earned one win in four contests played at the Wenatchee Invite this past Saturday.
All of the matches went three games, not the best-of-five required for regulation.
Sunnyside, a 3A school, opened the invite by losing to 4A powerhouse Chiawana, 25-18, 25-18, 25-17.
"I thought we played pretty well," Sunnyside Coach Sandy Jaquish said of tangling with undefeated Chiawana. "Besides their right side hitter, we held our own. The scores were respectable."
In the second match of the day, Sunnyside lost to Marysville-Pilchuck, 25-12, 25-8, 27-25.
"That third game was some of our best volleyball of the season," said Jaquish. "It was a moral victory."
The Lady Grizzlies also came close in the third match of the day, a 25-20, 25-18 loss to Steilacoom.
"We just couldn't get enough of a rally to push ahead of them, we made two or three mistakes to give them the lead," Jaquish said. "There was some frustration that we couldn't get things clicking like we did earlier in the day."
Sunnyside closed out the invite with a bonus contest against the Wenatchee JV squad. The Lady Grizzlies prevailed in the one-game match, 25-22.
"Even though it was their JV, they do have some pretty good athletes," Jaquish said.
He praised the play of Geordan Skyles, who filled in at the center position for Sunnyside. "She did a good job for us all day," the coach said.
Besides ending the long day with a win, Jaquish said the tourney was also a positive in that all nine of his players making the trip got to see action on the court.
Life doesn't get easier for Sunnyside (0-12) as it travels to top-ranked West Valley tomorrow, Tuesday.