PREP VOLLEYBALL — DeSales, Dayton net wins, meet Saturday

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DAYTON - A trio of local volleyball teams took the court in District 9 touranment play on Wednesday night with both Dayton and DeSales getting critical victories to set up a playoff match on Saturday afternoon.

Pomeroy heads back to Colfax Saturday to play Garfield-Palouse after losing to Colfax there Wednesday.

Dayton moved forward in the postseason with a four-set home victory over Liberty Christian Wednesday, 25-18, 14-25, 25-20, 25-17.

The Bulldogs (9-3) were led by a big night from McKayla Bickelhaupt, who went 20-for-20 serving with 15 kills and seven digs.

Nicole Lambert added 23 digs and three aces, while Kayla Turner posted 11 assists and six digs.

"Liberty Christian played really well," said Dayton head coach Shannon Turner. "It was a good competitive match, and we got our focus back after we kind of lost it in the second set."

Amanda Melton notched 11 kills and Jessica Tate chipped in nine digs. Shelby Smith went 15-for-15 at the line, and also finished with five aces and five kills.

The win advances Dayton to the home match Saturday at 2 p.m. against DeSales.

"We know DeSales is a strong defensive team," Turner said. "It'll be a tough match, but we're looking forward to it."

DeSales' volleyball team stayed alive thanks to a fourth-set comeback and a dominant final frame to defeat Asotin, 16-25, 25-20, 19-25, 28-26, 15-7.

Trailing 20-12 in the fourth set and trailing 2-1, the Irish got off the deck to take the crucial frame before jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the fifth and rolling to victory in the deciding match up.

"I think our girls were just a little more prepared with how to deal with their team," said DeSales head coach Lori Blanc. "A couple of weeks ago they beat us in five sets so we knew what expect, and we stayed tough and pulled out the win."

Stephanie Ferrel led DeSales with 17 kills, while Abby Larreau added 15 and five blocks.

Annie Higgins notched 12 kills, and Megan Moberg posted five kills and two blocks. Chantel Blan was 17-for-17 from the service line with 40 assists, and Alex Buley chipped in the kills and a pair of blocks.

"This wasn't about one player stepping up," Blanc said. "This was about all six girls on the court upping their games and coming together as a team."

The news wasn't as good for Pomeroy's volleyball team, which suffered a four-set loss to Colton in Colfax, 25-23, 16-25, 27-25, 25-20.

Maddie Grimm went 22-for-23 serving with seven aces, while Delaney Monahan added a season-high eight blocks.

Melissa Bartlow and Kindsey Bott both notched eight kills for Pomeroy, while Sydni Gormsen was the high assister with eight.

"It was a classic high school volleyball match," said Pomeroy head coach Bruce Crossfield. "There were a lot of momentum shifts, and when you add it up we were even in points, but the caught the breaks tonight, and that was the difference."

The loss means Pomeroy (18-6) will be headed back to Colfax on Saturday to play Garfield-Palouse at 10 a.m. A win over Gar-Pal would advance Pomeroy to the 2:30 p.m. game for the right to advance in the postseason.

"It could be a long day on Saturday," Crossfield said. "I won't be complaing if we come out on top though. We know that we're capable of winning two more matches."

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