Walla Walla Valley Academy volleyball edges past Liberty Christian

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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.

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