Walla Walla Valley Academy gets volleyball victory

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Walla Walla Valley Academy's Brook Larson (kneeling) goes low for a dig during the Knights' first game against Waitsburg-Prescott Monday in College Place.

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WWVA's Kelsie Schafer (15) hits a kill shot over Waitsburg-Prescott blockers Pearson (15) and Krystall Harris (5) during the first game of their match. The Knights won the Blue Mountain 2B league match in five games.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Megan Withers lays out for a dig in front of teammate Genesis Pearson (15), as Pearson calls out a play from the back row during the Cardinals second game against the Knights.

COLLEGE PLACE - Walla Walla Valley Academy picked up its first volleyball victory of the young season Monday, taking a five-game match from visiting Waitsburg-Prescott here.

The Knights won 25-20, 25-17, 19-25, 20-25 and 15-12.

Kelsie Schafer had 12 kills to lead WWVA, with Sandy Avalos picking up 15 digs, Brooklyn Larson 25 assists and Bri Leen seven blocks.

Leen and Schafer were also both 17-for-19 serving in the match.

"It was a good match," WWVA coach Scott Schafer said. "It was our third match - we're 1-2 overall, 1-1 in (Blue Mountain 2B) league - and all our matches have been close. So it was nice to have one we could pull out.

"The girls served well, which we'd had problems with. The girls played tough last night."

Waitsburg-Prescott was led by Genesis Pearson's 14 kills, Ronnie Hulce's six kills, Kayla Huxoll's 22 assists and Iris Batalla's 17 digs. Huxoll was also 20-for-21 serving with two aces.

"It was another slow start for us," W-P coach Jessie Buehler said. "That seems to be our biggest problem right now. We lost the first two games, but we had the chance to pull it out. Unfortunately, we had a few untimely plays and whistles (in the fifth game)."

W-P travels to Asotin Thursday.

The Knights next home Tri-Cities Prep at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday.

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