Wa-Hi bedevils Davis for Big Nine 4A volleyball victory

The 25-16, 25-8 and 25-11 victory is the first Big Nine 4A win for the Blue Devils.

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WALLA WALLA - Wa-Hi bedeviled Davis in Big Nine 4A volleyball action Tuesday night, sending the Pirates back to Yakima in only three games, 25-16, 25-8 and 25-11.

The win was the first conference victory for the Blue Devils, putting Wa-Hi at 1-2 in conference play and 4-3 overall.

"We needed a good little confidence booster tonight," coach Audra Cummings said. "I'm happy that we won in three tonight."

The Blue Devils jumped on the Pirates early in game one, going up 13-5 before Davis could respond. After a play in which senior outside-hitter Chantelle Zamora made contact with the net when going for a kill, the momentum started to shift.

Although the Pirates never sustained a long run in game one, they pulled within three points of Wa-Hi at 19-16. Wa-Hi had several defensive miscues and missed opportunities in the front-court that allowed the Pirates back into the game.

"You always wish that, even in a win, there are some things that we could do better," Cummings said. "Things like serve-receive and missed hits. We had a lot of missed hits tonight."

Wa-Hi regained its intensity after a timeout, though, and six unanswered points ended the first game with authority.

After trading points to bring the score to 5-4 in Wa-Hi's favor, the Blue Devils rampaged. Junior middle Torri Crawford, a mountain in the middle at 6-foot-0, made plays all over the court during the rally.

"She's (Crawford) definitely an offensive powerhouse for us, so I was glad to get her in rhythm in that second game and really get her hot." Cummings said. "She's a scary player to play against in practice."

Crawford finished the evening with 10 kills.

The closest the Pirates came in game two was 11-7, and Wa-Hi only allowed one more point while scoring 14 to end game two even more authoritatively.

During the 14-1 run, senior Devin Humphreys was a perfect 10-for-10 in service from the stripe.

By the time game three started, Wa-Hi was running downhill - to use a football metaphor - and there was little the Pirates could do to stop the steam-rolling.

Junior Franny Eacker-Rude started the game from the service line, and helped the Blue Devils off to a 5-0 start while scoring two aces in the process. Eacker-Rude finished with nine aces on the night.

After a Blue Devil committed a net violation to give the Pirates their first point in the game, Davis' Maria Nunez sent the ball right back into Wa-Hi's court after slamming a serve into the net. Before the Pirates could say "long bus-ride home," the score was 12-3 and Cummings committed the backups to the fray.

"It was nice to get my freshmen and sophomores in, so I was definitely happy about that," Cummings said. "You always wish that certain things could have been cleaner, but it was good that all the girls got to play tonight."

Senior setter Brogan Watson ran the offense for the Blue Devils, racking up 13 assists, while libero Tianna Cummings picked up 11 digs.

Wa-Hi hosts Moses Lake Thursday at 7 p.m.

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