WAITSBURG — Waitsburg-Prescott gave Dayton all it could handle in the first two sets of Tuesday night’s Southeast 2B volleyball match, but W-P wasn’t able to sustain the effort and fell in four sets, 25-23, 25-27, 25-17, 25-17.
“Overall as a team, we hit the ball more aggressively,” Bulldogs coach Shannon Turner said. “We had more kills as a team than we’ve had all season. We played scrappy at times, and passed the ball pretty well.
“Waitsburg-Prescott played better. I thought we were pretty consistent overall.”
“It was close in the first two sets, obviously. It was a two-point difference,” W-P coach Angie Potts said. “I think we got a little tired toward the end of the match on communication, but that second set we were up, Dayton came back, took the lead, then we came back. It was back and forth after about 20 points — it was pretty emotional.
“The girls played hard, there was a lot of emotion,” Potts said. “There’s nothing really negative to say, except that we looked a little tired at the end.”
McKayla Bickelhaupt had 21 kills and 20 digs for Dayton.
Jessica Tate dished 27 assists, had seven digs and was 13-for-13 serving; Courtney Mings smacked 15 kills, had digs, was 17-for-18 serving and had six aces; Chelsea Woodridge was 16-for-17 serving with 18 assists and seven digs; Sarah Phillips picked up 14 digs and was 17-for-18 serving; Madison Mings hit 14 kills, blocked five shots, had six digs and was 16-for-17 serving; and Bryeana Myrick had six blocks.
Samantha Federson led the way for Waitsburg-Prescott with 12 kills, 27 digs, five blocks and five aces.
“She had a really good night,” Potts said of Federson. “There’s not much else to say other than she had a really good night.”
Krystal Harris had 14 assists, four kills and 10 digs; Rhiannon Chapman four kills, 11 digs; Jennifer Nichols 10 digs, six aces; and Stacia Deal 22 digs.
Waitsburg-Prescott, 0-8 in the Southeast 2B, has two matches left in the season and, with a new postseason tournament with Spokane’s District 7, has already been eliminated from contention for one of the three tournament berths.
“They’re still working hard, playing hard and playing as a team,” Potts said, “but we’re just enjoying playing the game and getting ready to move on to basketball.”
W-P hosts league-leading Asotin Thursday and faces 1-7 DeSales Tuesday.
Dayton, at 4-4 in SE2B play, hosts DeSales Thursday before closing out the regular season Tuesday when Walla Walla Valley Academy comes to town.