RICHLAND - "It was the best three games I've seen us play without a win," said Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball coach Sandy Jaquish. "We played three solid games."
The coach was talking about the 3-0 loss last night, Thursday, to host Hanford.
"We cut down on our net errors and our passing was better," Jaquish said. "This team (Hanford) was better than Eastmont, but we played better."
Sunnyside actually had game point in the first game, up 24-23 before the Falcons rallied for three straight points. "We had a chance to win. We just played well and battled, it was so exciting," Jaquish said.
The Lady Grizzlies then lost games two and three, 25-19, 25-17, respectively.
"We came out a little flat in the second game," he said of the letdown after a tough game one loss. "We have to mentally work on our intensity in the second game. If we win that it's a different match."
Sunnyside (0-2) was paced by Kendall Platsman with nine service points. Kiana Ramos delivered four kills and 14 perfect passes for the Lady Grizzlies. "Amber Cornwell had a solid all-around game for us," Jaquish added.
Looking ahead to the SunDome tourney tomorrow, Saturday, Jaquish said, "I'm happy with our progress, but we need to continue to grow. Unfortunately in our league you need to grow fast."
The coach noted that tomorrow's non-league tourney will be a growth opportunity for his squad.
"We need court time and this will give us that," Jaquish said. "Hopefully we can experience some service rallies. The girls have to feel that momentum, and we need rallies for our side instead of the other side."