LYLE - They're still undefeated on the season, but the Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights didn't keep their unblemished record intact last night without receiving a bit of a scare.
The host Lyle Cougars pushed the Sunnyside Christian volleyball team to a full five-game match.
"We didn't show up to play volleyball until game five," said SCHS Coach Stephanie Dalrymple.
But, in that fifth and deciding game, the Lady Knights really stepped it up, blasting the Cougars by a 15-4 score.
Thursday night's road victory upped Sunnyside Christian's 1B league record to 2-0, 6-0 overall.
The Lady Knights may have gotten an indication they were in for a rough night when Lyle stormed out of the gates and put a 25-22 game-one licking on them.
Fighting back, Sunnyside Christian squared the contest with a 25-17 victory in game two. Lyle put the Lady Knights right back into a hole by knocking off the visitors 25-23 in game three.
Maybe serving as a wake-up call, Sunnyside Christian came alive in game four, winning handily by a 25-13 count. The Lady Knights kept the momentum going and sewed things up in the rubber game, 15-4.
Despite putting forth less than its best effort of the season, Sunnyside Christian received some pretty strong play at the net from Maddy Wavrin, Stormee Van Belle and Brittany Broersma. Wavrin blasted 21 balls over the net that the Cougars couldn't return. Van Belle and Broersma combined for 22 kills. Serving-wise, Alyssa Haak and Danike DeGroot had the most success in getting the ball over the net to Lyle. Haak successfully put all 19 of her serves into play, while DeGroot was 23-for-24 from the service line. Haak also led the Lady Knights with a team-high 22 assists.
Dalrymple said last night's match was much closer than it should have been.
"We weren't focusing and playing smart volleyball last night," she said. "As a team, we really need to step it up and play smart, aggressive volleyball next week."
Sunnyside Christian will host Liberty Christian for a non-league match next Monday, then will return to conference play the following night (Tuesday), also at home, against Trout Lake-Glenwood.