WAITSBURG - Angie Potts made some personnel adjustments here Tuesday night in an effort to counter Asotin's superior size.
The changes worked so well that the Waitsburg-Prescott coach might stick with them going forward.
"The intent was just for this match," Potts said of the adjustments that helped W-P outlast Asotin 25-20, 18-25, 16-25, 25-17, 15-7 and knock the Panthers out of a tie for first place in the Southeast 2B District volleyball standings. "But now I'm not so sure. I'm going to have to ask the girls what they think."
Potts started the match with two setters - Kayla Huxoll, who normally starts at the position, and Crystal Harris, who has played the position in the past. But when it came Huxoll's turn to rotate to the front line, Potts subbed in 5-foot-9 freshman Samantha Sedderson.
Harris, who is 5-7, responded with 10 kills and 14 assists. Huxoll put up her usual team-high assist total with 15. And Sedderson contributed three kills plus two key blocks in W-P's fourth-set win that forced a decisive fifth set.
"It came together perfectly," Potts said.
Ronnie Hulce led the way for W-P with 11 kills and 21 digs, both team-high totals, plus four blocks. Rhiannon Chapman contributed seven kills and two blocks, Dionna Baker added six kills and six blocks, Sarah Mescall recorded 14 digs and four serving aces, and Amanda Cook put up 13 digs.
Waitsburg-Prescott improved to 5-4 in league play and 15-8 overall. The team has a full week off before returning to action next Tuesday at DeSales in another important league match.
"It wouldn't matter where we are in the standings," Potts said. "When W-P plays DeSales, it's always a big match no matter what the sport."