WENATCHEE – The Panthers had home court advantage against the Sunnyside volleyball team last night. Wenatchee, 7-2 in conference play, took advantage of a lack of communication between the Lady Grizzlies to secure a win in three sets (25-8, 25-7, 25-20).
“The (Sunnyside) girls struggled with communication on serve-receive and a lack of communication resulted in several shanked passes and dropped balls in the first and second sets,” said Lady Grizzly Coach Jordyne Jaquish.
She said Sunnyside regrouped and improved its focus in the third set, but that effort wasn’t enough to rally past the Panthers.
There was more intensity and drive in the third set, noted Jaquish. The score was much closer than in the first two sets at 25-20.
“Leah Diddens made several key blocks in the third set, and that, combined with great vocal leadership throughout the match, helped spark a significant improvement in our defense,” Jaquish said.
The back row, she said, was able to set up a passing defense off the block to make the ball move more quickly.
Mikaela Chavez of Sunnyside recorded six digs and a perfect pass, while teammates Amber Cornwell and Alexis Rocha each delivered a perfect pass and five digs.
Sunnyside (1-10, 1-14) will finish its regular season next Tuesday at home against Eastmont.