KENNEWICK -- While many coaches may have been fearful about having a sophomore be the floor general, Southridge's John Lengphounpraseut had no such fear.
Lengphounpraseut tabbed sophomore Kylie Fraga as the setter for this year's Suns team and the move has paid off, as Southridge has won three of its last four matches heading into a big week of contests.
"Andrea Smith started as a freshman at setter, so I got used to that a little bit," said Lengphounpraseut of Smith, who graduated this spring. "Kylie is coming into her own, as far as what she's willing to do. She had a tough time chasing the ball at the beginning of the season, because our passing was as good.
"She is getting stronger running the offense. She is fun to work with."
While just a sophomore, Fraga has plenty of varsity experience, having played on the Southridge basketball team last winter and running track for the Suns.
With Fraga constantly improving, the Suns have also seen their offense get better.
"Shelby Warner has been rock-steady for us," Leng-phounpraseut said. "If we can pass the ball like we are passing now, we can run some good offense in the middle."
The Suns play at Sunnyside tonight before heading to the Spokane Crossover Tourna-ment on Saturday. Next week, though, will help determine how far the Suns will go this season.
Southridge hosts Kenne-wick, which defeated the Suns in five Sept. 19. Southridge then travels to second-place Hanford, which won at Southridge in five Sept. 20.
If the Suns want to finish second in league like the goals they set at the start of the season, they will have to avenge those two matches.
It's early in 2A CWAC play, but the Greyhounds are about to test their mettle.
Grandview hosts Selah in a showdown between state qualifiers from a year ago. The match also figures to determine the regular-season title, as both teams come in at 3-0 in league. The CWAC plays nine league games, playing each team once, rather than doing a home-and-away.
"About half of our team is first time varsity players," Grandview coach John LaFever said. "That is definitely the wild card. We don't know what to expect out of them."
Grandview also drew Lewis & Clark, Southridge and Spokane East Valley in its pool at the Spokane Crossover Tournament, which means no matter what happens the next three days, the Greyhounds will know what to work on going forward.
Richland heads back to Spokane on Saturday to defend its 2010 Crossover Classic title.
The Bombers are one of 11 CBBN schools that will participate in the tournament, with only Chiawana, Hanford and Wenatchee not participating. Chiawana and Wenatchee both have homecoming this weekend and the coaches didn't figure to convince the players a tournament was more important.
Climbing the ladder
Chiawana coach Jim Steach has won 388 matches in his head-coaching career. If the Riverhawks (13-2 overall) make a run into the state tournament, he could reach 400 this season.
* Craig Craker; 509-582-1509; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter.com/craig_craker