Blue Devils struggle at the line in 4-set loss to Kennewick

Tori Crawford (middle) leads the Wa-Hi celebration as the Blue Devils battle for a 26-24, second-game win Tuesday night against visiting Kennewick.

Tori Crawford (middle) leads the Wa-Hi celebration as the Blue Devils battle for a 26-24, second-game win Tuesday night against visiting Kennewick. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi lost its first volleyball match of the Mid-Columbia Conference era Tuesday, falling to MCC foe Kennewick in four sets, 25-18, 24-26, 25-19 and 25-20.

Wa-Hi (0-1) proved to be its own worst enemy in the loss, as it struggled to find the opponent’s court from the service line.

“We outplayed them offensively, but where we got beat was the serving line,” Wa-Hi assistant coach Kim McDaniels said. “We had 13 missed serves, so that killed us.”

Senior Tori Crawford slammed 12 kills and picked up eight blocks while serving for five aces in the loss.

“We competed in every set,” McDaniels said of the Blue Devils. “They really laid it on the line, so Don (Hepker, Wa-Hi coach) and I were really happy to see that — especially with how young we are.”

Maddy Deopker and Reece Carmen contributed four kills apiece.

Kassidy Willard contributed 13 digs, while setter Katie Green picked up 13 assists.

The Blue Devils host Southridge Thursday at 7 p.m.

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