YAKIMA – The Sunnyside volleyball team last night at Eisenhower saw the potential for a win after putting away the first set, 25-17.
“We played a strong offensive game with smart, aggressive attacks and our serve-receive and defensive passing was on target,” said Lady Grizzly Coach Jordyne Jaquish.
In the second set, Sunnyside lost a nailbiter, 26-24.
Jaquish said the Lady Grizzlies had to battle back from a six-point deficit. There were some long, hard fought rallies to tie the set at 23. But, it was the Cadets who would prevail.
In the final two sets, Sunnyside suffered greatly from what Jaquish said was a lack of communication.Eisenhower was able to handily defeat the Lady Grizzlies 25-6, 25-7 to win the match.
“We saw a lack of communication in the back row and a lack of confidence in taking risky, aggressive swings on the court,” Jaquish said.
Typically, communication and self-confidence are strong skill sets for the team, she said, noting that Sunnyside will be working hard to reacquire the skills necessary to build on early successes.
Sunnyside’s Tiana Perez tallied five kills against Ike. Teammates Maloree Kupp and Vanessa Alvarez each recorded three.
Leah Diddens of the Lady Grizzlies was 100 percent from the service line (7-for-7) with an ace.
On defense, Amber Cornwell had 13 digs and two perfect passes. Sunnyside teammate Alexis Rocha kept the ball from dropping to the floor nine times and delivered three perfect passes.
Sunnyside (0-2, 0-5) will tomorrow (Saturday) travel to East Valley for non-league action.