WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi's volleyball team evened its record on the season, scoring a home victory over Moses Lake Thursday with a resilient effort.
After dropping the first set 25-20, the Blue Devils (3-3) rallied to take the final three frames 25-18, 25-15, 25-17.
"It was a great win for us," said Wa-Hi head coach Audra Cummings. "We started slow, but then we started to play a lot looser and got into a flow. It was big for us to get a home win on Homecoming week."
Frannie Eacker-Rude paced the Blue Devils with three aces and 13 assists, and Tianna Cummings added eight digs and three assists. Brogan Watson led the team with 18 assists, while Chantelle Zamora knocked home five kills and had five digs.
Wa-Hi was also keyed by six kills from Devyn Humphrys and Sydney Christiansen. Megan Gregg led the service game with seven aces and notched eight kills.
"We got in a good hard practice on Wednesday, which I think helped the girls get ready," Cummings said. "They showed that they were hungry tonight. We had been talking a lot about mental toughness, and we showed that we have that tonight by bouncing back from losing the first set."
Wa-Hi has the weekend off before taking the court again Tuesday at Eisenhower.
W-P's strong start leads
to three-set win over Irish
WALLA WALLA - Waitsburg-Prescott opened strongly and took a three-set win from DeSales Thursday.
The W-P team took its first win, 25-13, 26-24 and 25-12, to improve to 1-4 on the season. The Irish dropped to 1-3.
"It was a really good win," said W-P coach Jessie Buehler. "We showed up to play, and I think that was the first time we've won the first set in a match all year and didn't have to play from behind."
Genesis Pearson led W-P with 14 kills, eight digs and four blocks. She was 13-for-15 from the serving line with five aces.
Ronnie Hulce had six kills and Megan Withers had five, Kayla Huxoll had 22 assists and Iris Batalla had seven digs. Batall was also 24-of-24 in serving.
Stephanie Ferrell and Abby Larreay led the Irish with seven kills. Annie Higgins had six kills, Megan Moberg had three and Chantel Blanc had 20 assists.
"They showed moments of greatness but we need to back it up with another, and we just need to know how to finish," said DeSales coach Lori Blanc.
The Irish led by five points going into game point in the second set - but W-P caught up.
"We let them back in," Blanc said.
For W-P, the win signaled a change in energy.
"They had a lot of energy and showed up ready to play, and that's always a good feeling," Buehler said. "Our offense was on, and so was our defense, all night. We hit the ball hard from all over and swung hard all the time."
Buehler was pleased with the consistency she saw from the team.
"We've been working on passing and serving all week and it paid off," she said.
She was also able to move players into different positions.
"There are things I've been wanting to try, but when you're playing from behind you can't do," she said. "We had a really good time out there, they had fun and that made a huge difference.
"It was a combination of preparing for the game and being tired of losing. It was almost like we hit a new gear last night."
W-P plays at Tri-Cities Prep Tuesday and then hosts Liberty Christian Wednesday. DeSales travels to Dayton Tuesday.
Walla Walla Valley Academy edges past Liberty Christian
WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Valley Academy took a five-set match from visiting Liberty Christian Thursday.
In back-and-forth play, the Knights (3-2) took the victory from the then-undefeated Patriots 26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 16-25, 15-6.
"We've had a bunch of five-set games," said WWVA coach Scott Schafer. "Sometimes we're on top and sometimes we're not, but it's pretty intense stuff."
Kelsie Schafer led with 15 kills and Bri Leen had 14.
"That's pretty huge for both of them," Schafer said.
Sandy Apalos had 15 digs, Bristi Buell had 16 assists and Leen was 17-for-19 with six aces from the serving line.
"It was pretty intense," Schafer said. "I was wondering how the girls would play last night. We had a really match with Dayton (Wednesday) and it had gone the other way. You spend a lot of energy, time and emotion to get through those five-game sets, and I wondered if we'd have any difficulty.
"Liberty Christian was undefeated so we knew it'd be tough, and they stepped up well."
Schafer said WWVA managed to come back from early holes to keep the matches close.
"By the time we got to the middle of the set they were competitive and back in it," he said. "They played well. It was a really good match."
WWVA hosts DeSales at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
TigerScots open BMC
play with sweep of Union
UNION, Ore. - Weston-McEwen's volleyball team carried its strong preseason play into Blue Mountain Conference action here Thursday night, scoring a 3-0 win over Union.
The TigerScots rolled 25-12, 25-7, 25-7 over their league opponent to run their overall record 11-1.
"It was a feel good day for us," said Weston-McEwen head coach Shawn White. "I think it was pretty clearly our best match of the year because we have won games by similar scores, but Union played a better game than some of the teams we have seen."
Morgan Entze led the way for the TigerScots with 10 assists, three kills and seven digs. Jordan Reger added seven assists and Tiffany Cain posted seven kills, seven digs and six aces.
Renee Baumann chipped in with eight digs and six kills, while Jaymie Zimmerman continued her dominant service season with a 14-of-15 night and three aces.
"We were down in that first set early and Jaymie got us on a run," White said. "From there on we were able to take control, but she really keyed game one."
Haley Freske added three kills and five blocks, and the TigerScots also got four kills from Molly von Borstel and eight digs from LeAnne Harnden.
"We did well in every aspect, whether it was passing, setting, service receiving," White said. "It was a really nice job by our team."
Up next for the TigerScots are another pair of league matches on Saturday in Stanfield against Heppner and the host school.
Touchet shows improvement
in loss to Garfield-Palouse
TOUCHET - Touchet's volleyball team is still in search of its first win of the season after falling in straight games to Garfield-Palouse at home Thursday.
Garfield-Palouse notched the victory 25-23, 25-16, 25-22, although Touchet head coach Stephanie Paulson continues to see signs of improvement in her team.
"This was the first time that you could really see our team totally coming together," Paulson said. "In a way it was our first night really putting forth a team effort, and it made for an exciting game."
Kristen Warner posted three kills and two blocks for Touchet, while Josie Sewell added six kills and a block. Taylor Jaspersen led the team with four aces.
Up next for Touchet (0-5) is a trip to Pomeroy on Tuesday.
Pomeroy rallies for five-set victory over Tekoa-Oakesdale
TEKOA, Wash. - Pomeroy's volleyball team rallied for a five-set win at Tekoa-Oakesdale Thursday to improve to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in league play.
After dropping the first two sets 12-25 and 18-25, Pomeroy bounced back to take the next three 25-23, 25-22, 15-12.
"Well, we weren't hardly there in the first two games," said Pomeroy head coach Bruce Crossfield. "In the third game, we decided to play, and gained our confidence once we got going."
Kindsey Bott led Pomeroy with seven blocks and added eight kills, while Sadie Slaybaugh posted a team-high eight kills and nine digs. Melissa Bartlow was 17-for-17 from the service line, and Mackie Monahan went 14-for-15 with three aces.
Up next for Pomeroy is the Boarder Battle on its home floor, which features teams from Idaho and Washington, including Dayton, on Saturday.