Knights net volleyball win over Jaguars

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PASCO - The Walla Walla Valley Academy volleyball team picked up its first victory Monday, taking down the Jaguars of Tri-Cities Prep 26-24, 26-24 and 25-21 in Southeast 2B conference action.

"It was good to get that first win," WWVA coach Scott Schafer said. "I feel like in our league - we're all about the same level. Scores have always been close and last night was close, too."

Leading the way offensively for the Knights was senior Caroline Larson with four kills on the night.

Amanda Birney scored only two aces to lead the team in service, but was accurate, delivering 13-of-15 serves on target from the back stripe.

"She's (Birney) a tough server," Schafer said. "She really stood out tonight."

Kristianna Buell and Brooklynn Larson each had seven assists in the match.

Sophomore Amy Arnzen was the best rated service receiver, a statistic rating how a player handles incoming serves, with a 2.56 rating (3.0 being the best).

"She really stepped up every game and improved," Schafer said. "She's really played well and passed well, just all-around getting better."

The Knights travel to Richland to take on Liberty Christian Thursday, but will be shorthanded with all of its seniors headed to a Senior Survival retreat in Idaho.

That will leave WWVA with only four varsity players for the match, and the Knights will bring some players up from the junior varsity team, Schafer said.

"We've got some juniors on the JV team, so it will be a good chance for them to get some playing time," Schafer said.

Shorthanded-ness has been chronic for the Knights so far this season, as they are still waiting for more players to become eligible, he said.

"It's taking us a while to gel together, having to rotate the girls all around," Schafer said. "At this point, we're kind of just trying to hold our head above water until we can get everything ironed out."

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