Panthers devour youthful Irish in three sets

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ASOTIN — The DeSales Irish suffered a three-set setback Thursday night against Asotin in their Southeast 2B volleyball opener, falling to the Panthers 25-5, 25-13 and 25-14.

Although the Irish improved throughout the night, it was apparent to DeSales coach Hailee Cole that they weren’t ready to play.

“They just weren’t in it from the beginning,” Cole said. “In that first game, Asotin had a 10-0 run. That told me right away we weren’t ready to play. We improved the last couple of games, but overall we just weren’t there. Asotin is a great team, we just did not play up to where we should.”

The Irish (1-7, 0-1 SE2B) return only two players who saw time on a varsity squad that finished the last year’s regular season 9-3 and took the league’s second seed to state out of the district tournament.

“We have a lot of girls that aren’t new to the program, but that are new to varsity and new to their positions,” Cole said. “So they’re still trying to get the hang of playing their position and playing together. You can definitely tell that they are playing young still.”

No particular Irish player stood out in the loss, Cole said.

“The only thing we really did well was serve, and as a team we served 33-for-34,” Cole said.

The Irish host Walla Walla Valley Academy (2-0) Tuesday at 6 p.m.

“It’s a tough situation,” Cole said of facing the Panthers, “but we didn’t come ready to play and Asotin did a good job.

“It was disappointing, but I know we’ll bounce back and be ready for Tuesday,” Cole said.

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