DAYTON — Freshman Bryeana Myrick made her first varsity start a memorable one here Tuesday night with a team-high eight blocks as Dayton swept away Southeast 2B District volleyball rival Tri-Cities Prep.
The Bulldogs prevailed 25-10, 25-23, 28-26 and avenged an earlier three-set loss to the Jaguars in Pasco.
Dayton coach Shannon Turner will be looking for a similar effort from her team Thursday night when the Bulldogs travel to Asotin to take on district-leading Asotin. The Panthers defeated the Bulldogs in five sets in their earlier meeting in Dayton.
“We should have won that match,” Turner said of the first Asotin contest. “We won the first two games that night, lost the third game by two points and went downhill from there.
“But we’re a different team now. We have grown as a team just in the last two weeks by a lot. We will give them a much better match this time even though it is on the road.”
Tri-Cities Prep certainly found the Bulldogs to be an improved squad.
“The last time we didn’t show up to play,” Turner said of the loss to the Jaguars in Pasco. “They are a strong team, but we are now playing with more consistency and making fewer unforced errors.
“We really battled to win games two and three, they went back and forth. In two matches this year we have won the first two games and then lost the next three, so I was glad to see the girls step up and battle.”
In addition to Myrick’s eight blocks, Madison Mings recorded seven blocks to go with a team-high 13 kills. Jessica Tate was the Bulldogs’ floor leader with 15 assists and Courtney Mings contributed nine digs on a night when the Bulldogs’ raised their defensive game.
“We got a lot of digs form a lot of different girls,” Turner said. “We played all-around good defense.”
McKayla Bickelhaupt had a solid all-around game with eight kills, seven digs and five serving aces. Tate and Chelsea Wooldridge were also credited with seven digs each.
Wooldridge also chalked up 10 assists and was 13-for-13 from the service line. Sarah Phillips was Dayton’s top server at 17-for-17 with three aces, and she also chipped in with five digs. And Courtney Mings added six kills.