DAYTON - Dayton came out ahead of a five-set season-opening Southeast 2B District match with Waitsburg-Prescott Wednesday.
W-P won the opener, 25-23, and the fourth set, 25-18. But Dayton picked up 25-17, 26-24, 15-11 victories for the win.
"It was our first match, so I was pleased with the way we played," said Dayton coach Shannon Turner. "We had a couple of communication breakdowns, but we passed the ball well. W-P was tough and they hit the ball hard and dug up most everything we sent over the net."
Shannon Turner was also pleased with her team.
"There were times we looked really good, and a few times we had some breakdowns, which is what you'd expect from the first match," she said. "Overall, I'm really pleased with how we played. It's a great foundation to build on and it shows the girls what their expectations should be, and where to go from last night."
McKayla Bickelhaupt had 16 kills and 13 digs for the Bulldogs. Nicole Lambert had 18 digs and eight kills, Shelby Smith had eight kills and three blocks, Darci Hall had 19 assists, Courtney Ming had eight digs and Sarah Phillips had 10 digs.
Jessica Tate had 17 digs and was 22-for-22 in serving, and Chelsey Wooldridge was 11-for-12 from the serving line.
For W-P, Ronnie Hulce led the way with 12 kills. Dionna Baker had six, Sarah Maskill had five and Krystal Harris had five kills and three aces. Kayla Huxoll had 26 assists.
"I was real pleased with my girls," Turner said. "They kept their heads in the game and pulled out a win in close sets."
Turner saw room for improvement at the serving line.
"I felt like we had too many misserves, especially in key moments like a game point when a set was close," she said. "So we had a few momentum killers in the serving department."
Dayton (1-0) hosts Asotin next Tuesday. W-P (0-1) travels to Pilot Rock Friday, then hosts a tournament at Walla Walla Community College this weekend.