COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy pulled out a hard-fought Southeast 2B volleyball victory over Dayton here Wednesday, 6-25, 21-25, 25-14, 25-21, 15-13.
“After coming hard in our previous match (a 3-1 victory over Tri-Cities Prep on Tuesday), we struggled in the first two sets of this match,” Knights coach Scott Schafer said. “Dayton is a great team, and combine that with our lack of energy it did not make for a good combination.”
Caroline Larson had five blocks, six digs and two aces for WWVA.
Megan Gregg was 20-of-22 serving with four aces and 13 kills, Rylee Sutton dished 21 assists, was 15-of-18 serving and had four aces, and Amy Arnzen smacked 12 kills and eight digs.
“We really need to credit the girls for pulling it together and fighting back in this match,” Schafer said. “Both Amy and Megan came up with key and timely hits and Caroline had a great blocking night for us. As we continued to press on we had key serves to keep the game going in our favor and Helena Brown (setter) had a key back row attack in the fifth set that fired up our team!”
For the Bulldogs, McKayla Bickelhaupt had 12 kills, 17 digs and was 17-for-18 serving.
Sarah Phillips led Dayton with 22 digs, Jessica Tate had 13 assists and 13 digs, Courtney Mings five kills, 12 digs and two block, Chelsey Wooldridge dished 12 assists and five digs, Lexi Ramirez picked up four kills, seven digs and was 10-for-10 serving, Madison Mings came up with seven kills and four blocks, and Bryeana Myrick had three blocks.
“We went out strong and won the first two sets no problem,” Dayton coach Shannon Turner said. “Then we didn’t play as well as a team. We were inconsistent for the next three sets, made too many unforced errrors.”
The Bulldogs, now 2-3 in SE2B play, host Tri-Cities Prep Tuesday before facing Asotin on Thursday.
The Knights, 3-1 in SE2B play and 4-2 overall, host their Fall Classic against Northwest Adventist schools beginning today. Their next league match is Tuesday at Waitsburg-Prescott.