ATHENA — Dayton traveled south of the (Oregon) border Tuesday night and came back a little bruised.
The Bulldogs dropped a non-league volleyball match with host Weston-McEwen in straight sets, falling to the TigerScots 25-14, 25-16 and 25-22.
“They’re a solid team,” W-M coach Shawn White said of the Bulldogs. “These two teams are a lot alike. Both are real scrappy teams, so that’s a solid win any time you can get a win over Dayton. They have a good program up there.”
Danni Dearing proved to be the TigerScots’ sparkplug for the night, scoring 10 aces in a 22-for-22 performance at the line.
“Danni Dearing really got things started and had a couple big runs to start us off,” White said. “She served the ball really well and located very nicely, and she passed the ball well also. Danni certainly had a very good night for us.”
Taryn Coffman assisted on 26 points, while Molly von Borstel slammed down 16 kills for the TigerScots.
Keegan Shepard smacked eight kills, Lacey Kuehn had six, Melanie Sederburg had seven and Natalie Arnold had one.
McKayla Carlin lofted two aces and Melina Baker had one.
Marlene Bodmer, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury for 12 days, scored a kill in limited time.
For the Bulldogs, McKayla Bickelhaupt was 8-for-8 serving with eight digs, Jessica Tate was 9-for-9 serving, and Madison Mings put up 11 blocks.
“We have not gotten our offense going at all yet this season,” Dayton coach Shannon Turner said. “We’re scrappy, we can pick up a lot of balls, but we’re not hitting the ball at the net. We’ve got to start hitting the ball better.”
The Bulldogs, now 3-5 overall, open Southeast 2B League play at Tri-Cities Prep at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Turner said the competition W-M provided will help the Bulldogs headed into league play.
“I love playing Weston-McEwen, they have a better offense than we have,” she said. “Actually, all the teams we’ve played this season have been great.”
Weston-McEwen (9-3) participates in a duel meet with Irrigon and Grant Union Saturday at noon, with the TigerScots playing between 1-1:30 p.m.