The Klickitat Vandals, in the 1B league opener for both clubs Thursday evening, nearly dealt the Sunnyside Christian volleyball team its first loss of the season.
The visiting Vandals dropped the opening set to Sunnyside Christian, 25-20, but rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the match by winning games two and three, 25-23 and 28-26.
"We never stopped, though, and pulled out the victory," SCHS Coach Stephanie Dalrymple said.
Dalrymple's girls rallied for a pair of 25-22, 15-6 victories to claim the hard fought conference win. The victory boosts the Lady Knights' overall record on the season to 5-0.
Spearheading the charge at the net for Sunnyside Christian last night was the trio of Maddy Wavrin, Brittany Broersma and Stormee Van Belle. Wavrin rocketed a match-best 11 kills over the net. Broersma and Van Belle each added eight unreturnable spikes.
Sunnyside Christian also received a top-notch effort from Wavrin at the service line. She put all 20 of her serves into play, and was credited with 17 perfect passes.
Broersma, besides collecting eight kills, was 9-for-11 from the service line. Van Belle added an 11-for-12 performance from the service line to go along with her eight kills.
The glitzy individual stats didn't stop there for the Lady Knights. The team's primary setter, Alyssa Haak, totaled a team-best 23 assists with her pinpoint placements above the net, and she was spot on from the service line, getting all 22 of her serves over the net and into play.
Teammate Danika DeGroot, too, excelled. She was 20-for-21 from the service line and set up enough spike attempts to tally 10 assists.
Also coming through for Sunnyside Christian were Alexandra Newhouse with 16 perfect passes; and Ashleigh Oswalt with seven perfect passes and a 10-for-10 serving performance.
In taking the first game from Klickitat, Dalrymple said her club came out on fire, "...playing very well together.
"Games two and three we came out very slow and waited too long to catch back up," Dalrymple said.
The losses in games two and three to the Vandals were due in part to some less than perfect passes.
"When we can't pass it's difficult to get hard kills on the other side. Klickitat was digging up all of our soft hits," said Dalrymple.
The come-from-behind rally by the Lady Knights pleased the SCHS coach to no end, however. "I'm very proud of the girls for not giving up and fighting for this win," she said.
Sunnyside Christian returns to action tomorrow (Saturday) at the Tri-Cities Prep Invitational.