Lady Grizzlies come away with first victory of 2012 season

YAKIMA - Consider the monkey off their backs, as the Lady Grizzlies earned their first volleyball win of the season last night at Davis.

"We were more cohesive as a team," Sunnyside Coach Sandy Jaquish said of Thursday night's win. "Our serving was excellent tonight."

Sunnyside didn't just win last night, it pulled off a 3-0 sweep of the Pirates. The Lady Grizzlies won comfortably 25-17 in game one, then escaped with a 27-25 victory in game two.

"We were down eight points in the second game and Geordan (Skyles) served us back in the match," Jaquish said.

Up 2-0, Sunnyside sealed the deal in the third game by earning a 25-19 win.

As it has been all season, serving was a mainstay for Sunnyside.

Besides Skyles' 7-for-8 night behind the service line, teammate Vanessa Alvarez was sharp at the service line as she nailed all eight of her attempts, two of them aces. "Vanessa was serving rockets!" Jaquish enthused. "We served hard at them."

Another serving standout for the Lady Grizzlies was Amber Cornwell, who made good on all eight of her serve attempts and launched one ace in the process.

Sunnyside's success didn't just come behind the service line, though.

Alvarez and teammate Josie Marro each blasted four kills at the net. Marro also held the line for Sunnyside with four blocks.

Kendall Platsma turned in a nice all-around game for Sunnyside with three blocks and three kills.

Cornwell helped pace the Lady Grizzly attack by dishing out 11 assists.

Last night's victory also avenges a 3-1 non-league loss the Lady Grizzlies sustained on the Davis court back in early September.

Sunnyside (1-3, 1-7) next travels to Wenatchee next Tuesday.

For now, though, the Lady Grizzlies are soaking up their first success of the season.

"I thanked the girls for doing a great job," Jaquish said. "The bus ride home was much shorter."


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