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Sunnyside, Grandview compete at SunDome Tournament

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team showed progress, and Grandview's Lady Greyhounds were seventh out of 32 teams during the Sun Dome Tournament held this past Saturday.

Grandview was 2-2-1 on the day in its five mini-matches.

The Lady Greyhounds opened by defeating Pasco 25-22, 26-24 and then followed up with a 25-16, 25-16 win over Riverside Christian.

Grandview then found the going tougher, with a 1-1 tie against Oak Harbor, 25-22, 24-26.

The Lady Greyhounds started strong in their next match, winning game one 25-21 against Richland. But the Bombers rallied for 25-14 and 15-13 victories to take the match 2-1 over Grandview.

Grandview's final match of the tourney was a loss to Holy Names, 25-18, 25-19.

"They played very well and learned a lot," Coach John LaFever said of the Lady Greyhounds. "It was a nice experience for the girls to play in a dome."

Payton Parrish paced Grandview with 32 service points, 12 aces, 29 digs, 24 kills, 66 assists and seven blocks for the five matches combined.

Teammate Taylor Hall contributed 22 service points, 30 digs and a team-high 42 kills and 40 blocks.

Grandview also got a boost from Mikaela Espinoza's 28 kills, nine service points and 10 blocks.

Crystal Navarro hustled for 29 digs for the Lady Greyhounds and collected 13 service points. Teammate Adrianna Garcia had 14 service points, six aces and 9 digs, while teammate Gabby Ramos knocked down 16 kills to go with six digs.

Sunnyside was 1-3-1 at the Sun Dome tourney, ending the 12-hour day with a victory.

The successful finale came against Davis, which Sunnyside defeated 27-25, 25-20.

"Any time you can end with a victory it makes you feel good about yourself," Coach Sandy Jaquish said of the short-handed Lady Grizzlies, who were down to nine players. "I was pretty proud of all the girls."

Earlier in the day, Sunnyside opened with a 25-20, 25-19 loss to Ellensburg. "We just got off to a slow start. They're a quality team," Jaquish said of the Bulldogs.

The Lady Grizzlies then played 4A powerhouse Richland and lost 25-5, 25-10. "They hammered us, they block and serve really well," Jaquish said.

After opening with two losses, Sunnyside then claimed ties in its next two matches.

The first deadlock was against Lakewood. After winning game one 26-24, Sunnyside fell 25-20 in game two. "It slipped away from us in the second game," Jaquish said.

Next up was Toppenish, which Sunnyside handled 25-17 in game one. "They made some adjustments in the second game and we made mistakes," Jaquish said of his team's 25-18 loss in game two.

A third game against the Wildcats saw Sunnyside lead early with chances to win, before Toppenish rallied for a 15-13 victory.

Individual statistics for the Lady Grizzlies were not available, but Jaquish singled out several players for praise.

"Kiana's (Ramos) defense always impresses me, but with only nine girls everyone had to be a spark for us," the coach said.

Jaquish also praised the play of setters Andi Graham and Sonia Romero, "They did a good job."

Shorthanded on the bench due to a JV tourney last weekend, Jaquish also praised Mandy Fox for helping out with coaching duties on Saturday.

Overall, he said the day was a good team-building opportunity for the Lady Grizzlies as they prepare for league competition.

"It was fun and we got some things accomplished," Jaquish said. "The girls bonded and enjoyed playing together."

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