EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team turned a new page as it started a new season last night, throwing a scare into host Eastmont before falling 3-1.
"I was pretty proud of the way we played," Coach Sandy Jaquish said of his team's 26-24 victory in the first game of Tuesday night's match. "We played better than we did at (last Saturday's) jamboree."
Eastmont took control from there, though, winning the next three games 25-17, 25-19, 25-10 to earn the win.
"A couple of small mistakes and we went from being in the lead to having to play from behind," Jaquish said of games two and three.
"We made runs at them in the middle two games, but we ran out of steam. We just couldn't keep up with them," he added.
Jaquish praised the defensive play of Kiana Ramos and Amber Cornwell in helping the Lady Grizzlies compete on the road. "Every girl played well," he added.
Despite the loss, which came in the CBBN league opener for both clubs, Jaquish and company are taking great encouragement from the first game victory as well as how well the girls competed in games two and three.
"We were siding out, hanging with them," he said of tangling with the host Wildcats.
With a road match at Hanford coming up tomorrow night, Thursday, Jaquish said his squad hopes to continue that momentum...while focusing on areas needing improvement.
"We have some net errors to correct. Those are points you hate to give up," Jaquish said. "We need long serving runs to take pressure off of the defense."