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Lady Grizzlies show improvement at Davis

YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team gave host Davis a battle last night, Tuesday, before eventually falling to the Pirates in four games.

After Davis barely squeaked past Sunnyside for a 25-23 win in game one, the Lady Grizzlies stormed back for an impressive 21-14 victory in the second game.

The Pirates rallied back in game three for a tight 21-18 victory. Davis then iced the match by a convincing score of 25-15 in the fourth set.

"We matched up pretty well with them in size," said Sunnyside Coach Sandy Jaquish. "We were just as athletic as them, but playing (a regulation match) on the road for the first time we just needed to acclimate."

As it has been all season, serving was a strength for the Lady Grizzlies last night. Sunnyside's Amber Cornwell connected on 8-of-9 service attempts, while teammate Andie Graham made good on 10-of-11 tries behind the service line.

Graham also dished out a team-high seven perfect passes, while teammate Ashley Oswalt provided six perfect passes.

At the net, Sunnyside was paced by Charley Beth Rollinger and Tiana Perez with seven and five kills, respectively.

Sunnyside (0-2) hosts Prosser tomorrow, Thursday, for the home debut of its remodeled gym.

Looking ahead, Jaquish says he can't wait to host Davis in a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 27.

"When we play at home the atmosphere will help us," he said. "We need to attack more. We got a little too complacent."

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