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Sunnyside battles through five sets in hard-to-swallow loss to Prosser girls

Girls Prep Volleyball

PROSSER – The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team gave the Prosser Mustangs a run for their money last night, battling through five sets.

The Lady Grizzlies, however, ran out of steam in the fourth and fifth sets, giving Prosser the non-league victory.

“We played with a lot of unity and a lot of drive,” said Sunnyside Coach Jordyne Jaquish.

She said the Lady Grizzlies are getting closer to a victory. “I think the girls can feel we’re getting closer.”

Prosser opened the match with a 25-14 win, but Sunnyside rallied in the second and third sets for 25-18, 25-20 decisions.

In the fourth set the Mustangs prevailed 25-11. Prosser secured the win with a 15-7 score in the final set.

“We made some offensive errors,” Jaquish said, stating the Lady Grizzlies are beginning to see how costly it can be when they lose sight of what they have been practicing.

She was proud of the rallies that took place in the second and third sets. “We are really pulling together,” said Jaquish.

“We’re seeing some positive changes…it’s getting really exciting.”

Jaquish also credits the Lady Grizzlies for “…keeping a great attitude.”

She said, “I think the small successes will build large successes.”

Sunnyside’s Eva Velasco was 100 percent (14-for-14) from the service line, recorded 15 digs and had six perfect passes.

Teammate Vanessa Alvarez was 17-for-19 serving, recorded eight kills, got under the ball for 10 digs and had two perfect passes.

Tiana Perez of Sunnyside recorded eight kills, while teammate Amber Cornwell provided 28 assists.

Sunnyside (0-3) tomorrow (Saturday) will travel to Toppenish for another non-league match-up.

‑ Jennie McGhan can be contacted at 509-837-4500

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