DeSales beats W-P; Dayton up next

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DeSales' Jade Donnelly (No. 14) watches her hit sail past the outstretched arms of two Waitsburg-Prescott blockers Tuesday evening in the Irish gym.

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Push comes to shove momentarily as the hands of Waitsburg-Prescott's Dionna Baker (No. 15) and DeSales' Claire Conley (No. 3) meet on either side of the ball above the net.

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DeSales' Stephanie Ferrel (No. 11) dives forward to come up with a one-armed dig during the Irish's match against Waitsburg-Prescott Tuesday evening.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Krystal Harris (left) and Amanda Cook (right) team up to cover the court and come up with the dig during W-P's match against DeSales Tuesday evening.

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DeSales outside hitter Annie Higgins dives to come up with a dig Tuesday evening during the Irish's match against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Arms go straight up on both sides of the net as DeSales' Abby Larreau (No. 4) sets the ball back over the net, out of reach of two Waitsburg-Prescott blockers.

WALLA WALLA - The Irish knocked off Southeast 2B rival Waitsburg-Prescott Tuesday, sending W-P packing in four sets.

DeSales won the first set 25-20, lost the second 18-25, and won the final sets 25-19 and 25-20.

The win pushes DeSales to 8-2 in the SE2B and sole possession of second place. The Irish will face 9-1 Dayton Thursday night in a match which, barring another loss for either team, will most likely determine the District 9 champion(s).

Despite it being homecoming week and a Pink Breast Cancer Awareness fund-raiser. Irish coach Lori Blanc said her team was not distracted.

"It is (hectic)," Blanc said. "That's why I was a little bit nervous about the pink fund-raiser and homecoming week they seem to be showing that they're tough, intense and committed to their team."

Middle Abby Larreau led the Irish with 25 kills, 14 blocks and an ace on the night.

"She had a great game," Blanc said. "She's our middle and she's been playing well the last few days. We used her a lot in the middle but we also know that we have to use our two outside hitters that we rely on also. We try and mix it up enough that we aren't trying to go to one person all the time."

Chantel Blanc was a key for the DeSales offense, she had 29 assists and went 16-for-16 from the back line with three aces. Stephanie Ferrel had seven kills and an ace. Annie Higgins had 27 digs to go with six kills and 16-of-16 in service. Alex Buley went 19-for-19 in service. Claire Conley rounded out the leaders with four kills on the night.

The loss drops W-P to 5-5 in SE2B play. Waitsburg-Prescott is currently in fourth place and faces Tri-Cities Prep Thursday in their last league match before taking on Liberty Christian in their final match of the regular season.

"Overall I felt pretty good (about the match)." W-P coach Angie Potts said. "We had too many momements where we had breakdowns - not physical but mental breakdowns.

"We had too many series where we would commit 3-4 unforced errors in a row," she said. "Other than those, we played pretty well."

Ronnie Hulce had 16 kills for W-P. Kayla Huxoll ran the offense, getting 24 assists as well as playing tough on defense with 12 digs. Krystal Harris got out her spade for 20 digs along with seven kills. Rhiannon Chapman had 14 digs on the night, followed by Amanda Cook who added 12 more digs.

Waitsburg-Prescott hosts T-C Prep Thursday at 6 p.m.; DeSales travels north to take on Dayton, also at 6 p.m.

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