WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi's volleyball team dropped its last game of the regular season at home in straight sets, 25-22, 25-22, 27-25, to Eisenhower Thursday, but the night meant more than just playoff seeding.
The Blue Devils were playing to support the fight against breast cancer for the fourth consecutive year, raising money to help find a cure.
"You know, it's too bad that we couldn't win tonight," said Wa-Hi head coach Audra Cummings. "The girls are passionate about the cause we were supporting, but even though we didn't win they will get to deliver the money to the hospital and that will be much more fulfilling than winning any game."
The Blue Devils, who close the regular season with a 5-7 Big Nine record, were in all three games, leading late in both the second and third sets, but Ike rallied in both to close Wa-Hi out.
Wa-Hi came back from a 20-12 deficit in the first frame to make it a 24-22 game before Eisenhower ended it on an unforced Blue Devil error.
"It obviously came down to our passing game," Cummings said. "We just didn't pass as well as we could, but it really hurt us, and that costs you in a close game like this one was."
Wa-Hi led early in the second set before Ike rallied to score the last three points of the set, closing it out when a Wa-Hi spike went long.
The Blue Devils controlled the third game early, opening up a 9-3 lead, but Eisenhower again rallied, and closed the match out when another Wa-Hi shot went awry.
"This is not the way we wanted to go into the playoffs," Cummings said. "Still, it gives us a chance to focus on fixing the mistakes that we made. We did a lot of things well, but again, it comes back to passing and mental discipline."
Stephanie Wilson led the Blue Devils with eight kills and three blocks, Madeline Jacobsen paced the squad with eight digs and Brogan Watson was the high assister with 17. Lexie Mahan added seven kills, while Devyn Humphreys added six kills and two blocks and Sydney Christiansen posted five kills and a pair of blocks.
"We were very close tonight," Cummings said. "We need to take this as a way to look at what we need to do to succeed in the playoffs."
The Blue Devils most likely first round opponent will be Chiawana with a location yet to be decided.