PASCO — Waitsburg-Prescott came as close as it could have to winning its first Southeast 2B volleyball match Thursday night, but the proverbial cigars were nowhere to be found.
Waitsburg-Prescott took all three sets against Tri-Cities Prep to extra points, but the Jaguars withstood late rallies in the first and third sets and overcame a 10-2 deficit in the second to pick up a 27-25, 27-25 and 26-24 victory.
“They played the way I’ve seen them play every day in practice,” W-P coach Angie Potts said of her team. “Tonight they finally put it on the court. It was tough to see them lose those close sets, but at the same time I was very proud to see them doing the things they need to do to be successful.”
Potts indicated the improvement for W-P (0-8 SE2B, 4-10) may have stemmed from a team meeting her players requested Wednesday.
“Yesterday in practice, one of the captains asked me, ‘Can we just sit down and talk about this?’” Potts said, “and we sat down for about an hour and talked about their frustrations and what needed to be done. It wasn’t the first time we talked, but it was the first time we committed to actually putting these things into action and not just talking about them.”
“I can sit there and tell them what I see and what I think needs to be done, but theyre the ones that have to make the committment to do things differently,” Potts said.
Samantha Federson led W-P’s offense with 10 kills, 10 digs and two blocks.
Rhiannon Chapman posted 17 digs and six aces.
Krystal Harris smashed nine kills, seven digs and 10 assists. Jennifer Nichols had 11 digs.
W-P hosts league-rival Dayton Tuesday at 6 p.m.
“Any time we play Dayton it’s always a rivalry, it doesnt matter what sport it is,” Potts said. “The kids get more excited to play that match or that game, so it’s always good.”