Bulldogs grab first in SE2B


DAYTON - The Dayton volleyball team sliced through the Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights Tuesday, cruising to a 25-9, 25-12 and 25-23 victory and improving to 8-1 in the Southeast 2B.

The win gives the Bulldogs sole possession of first place in league after rival Waitsburg-Prescott knocked off Asotin to drop Asotin to 7-2. With only three matches remaining in SE2B regular-season play, Dayton is in good position to enter the postseason in first place.

"We need to stay focused," Dayton coach Shannon Turner said. "We need to finish the season strong and win-out to make sure we have the league title on our own.

"I'm pleased with our season - our girls are fighters," Turner said. "It's a good feeling (to be in first place)."

Dayton dominated the Knights from the first game, which allowed the Bulldogs to work on improving parts of their execution and get some backups experience.

"We kept our focus and worked on coverage in a couple different areas," Turner said. "(We were) pushing the pass forward more so we could set up our middle (hitter)."

McKayla Bickelhaupt led the Bulldogs in the win with 12 kills and eight digs for the night. Nicole Lambert chipped in five kills along with seven digs and was 21-of-21 in service.

Darci Hall had 11 assists and seven digs. Chelsey Wooldridge had five aces and Jessica Tate was 11-of-11 in service with nine digs.

WWVA's Kelsie Grady had four assists and was 8-for-8 with four aces in the loss. Caroline Larson had three kills along with Amy Arnzen, who also had three kills.

Dayton travels to Liberty Christian in Richland Thursday at 6 p.m. The Knights host Tri-Cities Prep Thursday at 6 p.m.


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