$n$ Dayton rallies against Walla Walla Valley Academy

A day after suffering its first loss of the season, the Bulldogs hand the Knights a four-game defeat.


COLLEGE PLACE - Dayton rebounded from its first volleyball loss of the season here Wednesday night at the expense of Walla Walla Valley Academy.

But it took the Bulldogs some time to get going.

Still stinging from Tuesday's three-game home loss to Asotin, Dayton lost the first game to the Knights 25-20 Wednesday. But the Bulldogs regrouped and won the next three games 25-16, 25-19. 25-21 to improve to 2-1 in Southeast 2B District outings.

"It took us some time to get started," Dayton coach Shannon Turner said. "We made a few personnel changes in the second game that seemed to work, so we stayed with them. We're still working on our rotations."

WWVA, meanwhile, saw its record dip to 0-3.

"Every game we are getting better," WWVA coach Scott Schafer said. "We thought this was one we could pull out. But we are a young team, and some days we are there and others we are not."

Senior Nicole Lambert was a force for the Bulldogs with 30 digs and seven kills. McKayla Bickelhaupt led the team with 14 kills and added 13 digs. Darci Hall put up a team-high 15 assists and Chelsey Wooldridge led the Bulldogs at the service line, going 16-for-17 with three aces, and she also contributed eight assists.

Shelby Smith finished with five blocks, another team high, and chipped in with five kills. Jessica Tate totaled 10 digs and Courtney Mings had an all-around effort of eight digs, six kills and three blocks.

For WWVA, Amanda Birney and Amy Arnzen led the way at the net with five kills each. Birney was also 16-for-18 serving with five aces.

Brooklynn Larson led with 10 assists and Solana Young contributed a pair of blocks.

Dayton will travel to Athena Saturday to participate in the Weston-McEwen Invitational beginning at 8 a.m. WWVA returns to action on Tuesday in district play at Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco.


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