PHOTO GALLERY: Dayton tops W-P in volleyball opener

The Bulldogs need five sets to top Waitsburg-Prescott in the season opener for both teams on Wednesday.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Amanda Cook keeps a tight fist while digging the ball from the ground.

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Dayton's Darci Hall lays out in pursuit of a dig in the Bulldogs' win Wednesday against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Dayton's volleyball team celebrates a come-from-behind victory during a Wednesday evening match against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Dayton's Jessica Tate (left) ranges down and to her left to lunge for a dig during the Bulldogs' game against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Dayton's Chelsea Wooldridge (6) passes the ball to a teammate behind her during the Bulldogs' game against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Waitsburg libero (14) lunges forward to come up with a pass against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Dayton head coach Shannon Turner leads her team in a discussion during a timeout from their Wednesday evening game against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Mid-court, Dayton's Jessica Tate (7) kneels to pass a ball during the Bulldogs' game against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Dayton's Shelby Smith (4) sets the ball over the net, past the reach of Waitsburg-Prescott's Ronnie Hulce (1) Wednesday evening in Dayton.

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Dayton's Lexie Ramirex (9) goes up for a block against Waitsburg-Prescott's Dionna Baker (15).

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Waitsburg-Prescott head coach Angie Potts leads her team during their game against Dayton Wednesday evening.

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Waitsburg-Prescott's Sarah Mascall (3) reaches for an outside kill during their game in Dayton against the Bulldogs.

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Teammates Nichole Lambert (2) and Jessica Tate (7) overlap each other looking for the pass during their game against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Stepping to her right, Dayton's Nichole Lambert (2) comes up with a dig during the Bulldogs' game against the Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals.

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Dayton's Nichole Lambert (2) pulls back hitting against Waitsburg-Prescott Wednesday evening.

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Cardinal Ronnie Hulce (1) eyes a kill during Waitsburg-Prescott's game against Dayton Wednesday evening.

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In front of the Cardinal fan base attending the game in Dayton, Waitsburg-Prescott's Amanda Cook (9) goes up for a kill against the Bulldogs.

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The Bulldogs team celebrates their five-game victory over the Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals Wednesday evening.

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Dayton's McKayla Bickelhaupt (5) eyes a kill over the net Wednesday evening against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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Dayton's McKayla Bickelhaupt (5) sets the ball across the net against Waitsburg-Prescott.

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.

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