Bulldogs fall in tourney championship to St. John

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WAITSBURG — Dayton’s volleyball team downed Touchet and Wa-Hi’s junior varsity squad at the Waitsburg-Prescott Tournament here Saturday, but fell to St. John-Endicott in the tourney championship.

The Bulldogs beat the Indians 25-12, 23-25, 15-8, and the Blue Devils, 25-18, 23-25, 15-10.

St. John handed Dayton a pair of defeats, 25-10, 22-25, 15-10, and 25-21, 25-20.

And Colfax’s JV squad handled the Bulldogs, 25-21, 8-25, 8-5.

Jessica Tate was 38-of-39 serving with three kills and an assist in the tournament for Dayton.

Madison Mings was 34-of-38 serving with nine kills and 13 blocks, Lexie Ramirez was 24-of-28 with seven kills and four blocks, McKayla Bickelhaupt was 29-of-34 with 18 kills, Courtney Mings was 40-of-47 with 17 kills and six blocks, Chelsea Wooldridge was 47-of-51 with 10 tip kills and 28 assists, Sarah Phillips was 14-of-16 with four kills, eight assists and 20 digs, and Keelin Hovrud was 2-of-2 serving with a kill.

Bailey John also had three kills, three assists and a block.

“We improved throughout the day,” Dayton coach Shannon Turner said. “We’re starting to work some things out on the court and play with a little more intensity!

“It was good to make it to the championship match, however St. John pulled out the win with the strength of their aggressive outside/middle hitter. She hit the ball harder than anyone at the tournament and was an aggressive player and leader. That made the difference in our two teams.

“McKayla Bickelhaupt led the Bulldogs with kills, with Courtney Mings almost matching her,” Turner said. “Sarah Phillips played both as setter and libero in different sets throughout the day and made huge differences in our defense. Freshman Madison Mings played the net very well, leading in blocks and adding 10 kills. Her defense helped the team, as well.”

Dayton next heads to Weston-McEwen for a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday.

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