Waitsburg-Prescott wins six-team WWCC tourney

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WALLA WALLA - Waitsburg-Prescott volleyball capped off a strong weekend Saturday by winning four of five matches at Walla Walla Community College to win a six-team tournament after defeating Pilot Rock at home on Friday night.

W-P edged Pilot Rock 20-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-19, 15-12 to score the victory in its final pre-league play five set match to lead into Saturday's long afternoon of volleyball.

"I think playing a late game on Friday probably left us a little tired and flat on Saturday," said Waitsburg-Prescott head coach Jessie Buehler. "We need to work on our focus and intensity more than anything."

Genesis Pearson led W-P with 11 kills and 23-of-25 serving, including nine consecutive aces. Ronnie Hulce added seven kills, while Kayla Huxoll had 15 assists and Iris Batalla chipped in 10 digs.

Waitsburg-Prescott maintained its focus during Saturday's marathon of matches, defeating Touchet, 25-16, 25-13; DeSales, 25-21, 25-23; Lacrosse Washtunca, 25-10, 25-20; and the Walla Walla High junior varsity, 25-21, 25-22. The lone blemish on their afternoon came at the hands of St. John-Endicott, which prevailed 25-21, 17-25, 15-10.

DeSales' loss to W-P was its only defeat on the day as the Irish dropped the other four teams in the tournament to finish in a virtual tie with Waitsburg-Prescott, which won the title based on set winning percentage.

Pearson again paced W-P in the tournament, notching 24 kills and eight blocks, while Hulce finished with 18 kills and seven blocks. Huxoll tallied 35 assists and Iris Batalla connected on 40-of-42 serves.

"Overall we're happy with winning," Buehler said. "We have to tighten up our weaknesses and work on a lot of things, but we got through the weekend."

The Irish beat Wa-Hi's junior varsity, 25-7, 25-13; St. John-Endicott, 25-18, 25-21; Touchet, 27-25, 25-12; and Lacrosse-Washtucna, 25-15, 25-21.

"The service is one of our strong things," DeSales coach Lori Blanc said. "It was consistent. We used it as an attack. We had consistent play from everyone. We saw some things we need to work on, but we're happy with what we've seen at this point. It was a good day."

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