RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights triumphed over Liberty Christian last night in a hard-fought, five-set battle.
"I'm very proud of the way my team fought hard for this win tonight," said Lady Knights Coach Stephanie Dalrymple.
Liberty Christian took the first set 25-18 as the Lady Knights struggled to put the ball into play.
"In set one we really struggled with our serve-receive passes," said Dalrymple. "I told the girls that we needed to step it up and get better passes and they all stepped up to make better passes."
Sunnyside Christian took the next set 25-18, but lost the third set to the Patriots, again by 25-18.
"We lost sets one and three because we struggled with staying in control of the set and let Liberty get too far ahead," said Dalrymple.
Playing from behind, the Lady Knights took back control to win the fourth set 25-15 and took the final set 15-12 to win the non-league match.
"Our defense really stepped it up tonight and helped us win a lot of rallies," said Dalrymple. "We played very well as a team tonight and never gave up, which really helped us pull out the victory tonight."
Alexandra Newhouse of Sunnyside Christian put in a 30-for-31 performance at the service line, with eight digs to recover the ball and nine perfect passes.
Teammate Kate Newhouse went 21-for-21 in serves and contributed 16 digs and 14 perfect passes to keep the action moving.
Lady Knight Brittany Broersma was 9-for-11 at the service line and spiked the ball 13 times for kills to go along with 10 digs. Teammate Stormee Van Belle was also hard on the ball, slamming it over the net 13 times for kills with nine digs.
Danika DeGroot went a perfect 20-for-20 on the service line, as well for Sunnyside Christian, and contributed 19 assists. Annie Brouwer also was perfect serving, going 9-for-9 with nine digs and six perfect passes for the winners.
The Lady Knights (3-0) will be playing their first league match tomorrow, Sept. 20, at Klickitat.