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Bulldogs spike Grizzlies in 4

Coach Palmer proud of her team’s effort

Miriam Galvan keeps the ball in play, forcing it over the net.

Photo by Jennie McGhan.
Miriam Galvan keeps the ball in play, forcing it over the net.

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Sunnyside’s Mercedes Zavala spikes the ball over the net to get a kill.

— Although the Grizzlies volleyball team lost in four sets to Cashmere on Saturday, the team had a sense of accomplishment.

“We had a slow start to begin (the match),” Grizzlies coach Jamie Palmer said of the 13-25 first set loss.

In the second set, Sunnyside battled to take an early lead, but the Bulldogs fought back for a hard-won 25-23 victory.

The Grizzlies dug deep in the third set to win, 25-20, and forced the Bulldogs into a fourth set.

“We fell short,” Palmer said of the 16-25 loss.

The team worked hard, she said. “It was nice to see the girls come together as a team.”

It was a non-league match and Palmer took advantage, giving everyone a chance to play.

Mercedes Zavala led Sunnyside at the net with 7 kills, a block and 2 digs.

Jessica Appleby had 4 kills and a block and libero Sam Galindo kept the ball from connecting with the hardwood with 14 digs.

Nayla Rodriguez, another libero, had 8 digs; and Ashlee Maldonado had 9 digs and an ace.

Macy Clough was 100 percent from the service line, with 2 aces. She also had 7 digs.

Miriam Galvan had 2 blocks, and Arlene Marin had 3 kills and 2 blocks.

Palmer was proud of the Grizzlies for forcing the Bulldogs into four sets, having lost in three last season.

“They keep working hard and getting better,” she said.

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