Photo by Roger Harnack
Sunnyside Christian's Katelyn Banks, a 6-foot senior, blocks Providence Classical Christian's Hailey Ferguson during state 1B girls volleyball action today.
As of Monday, November 16, 2015
YAKIMA Sunnyside Christian will play Almira/Coulee-Hartline for the fifth-place state 1B trophy at 3 p.m. today in the SunDome.
Both teams moved quickly through the consolation bracket to reach the trophy game.
Sunnyside Christian slipped past Providence Classical Christian of Kirkland, 3-1, and the Warriors knocked off the Pateros Nannies, 3-1, this morning.
The Knights took Games 1, 3 and 4 by scores of 25-9, 25-8 and 25-21, respectively. But the Sunnyside Christian girls yielded Game 2 to the Highlanders, 25-23.
Knights coach Stephanie Dalrymple credited the Highlanders for "gaining control of the net" in their second game victory.
"Then we let the (scoring) gap get too large," she said.
Between games 3 and 4, Dalrymple said she talked to her girls about stepping up.
"I told them we had to be aggressive," she said.
Highlander coach John Ferguson said he spent the time between Game 1 and Game 2 talking to his girls about offense.
"We came out flat," he said. "We had to play the way we can."
His pep talk worked as the Highlanders stepped up their game.
But the Knights had already taking Providence's breath away, and Sunnyside Christian came back with a big 25-8 win in Game 3.
Ferguson said at the state level, its very difficult to give away the first set and come back to win.
"Here, you can't get behind like that," he said.
On the adjacent court, Almira/Coulee Hartline was battling it out with Pateros.
The Warriors dominated Games 1 and 2, winning 25-18 and 25-9. The Nannies came alive for Game 3 with a convincing 26-24 win. But the Warriors were too much for Pateros, winning Game 4, 25-16.
In other state 1B girls volleyball action this morning:
- Quilcene eliminated Lyle-Wishram, 3-1
- Odessa-Harrington swept Neah Bay, 3-0
Quilcene and Odessa-Harrington will face off for seventh-place at 3 p.m.
Four teams remained unbeaten this morning and were scheduled to take the court at 1 p.m. in the semifinals.
Mount Vernon Christian and defending state champion Pomeroy have just taken the court.
Oakesdale is also on the court now, taking on Christian Faith of Federal Way.
The winners of those two games will play at 7 p.m. for the state title; the losers will play for third and fourth places at 5 p.m.
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