Dayton represents Washington at annual Border Battle

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POMEROY — Dayton squared off here against four Idaho volleyball teams in the Border Battle volleyball tournament that pit the states of Washington and Idaho against one another to determine a champion.

Five Washington teams squared off against five Idaho teams with the winning state being the one that won the most sets. Idaho took the title.

The Bulldogs played 12 sets on the day and opened with Orofino.

Orofino took two of three sets winning 25-16, 23-25, and taking the rubber match 15-9. Troy knocked off the Bulldogs 18-25, 25-20, and 15-13. Dayton got blown out in the first set against Kamiah, 25-8, but bounced back to win 26-24, before Kamiah took the deciding set 15-9. In Dayton’s last action of the day, Prairie defeated the Bulldogs 10-25, 25-11, and 15-10.

McKayla Bickelhaupt led the Bulldog hitters with 34 kills on the day. Keelin Hovrud chipped in eight kills and Chelsey Wooldridge handed out 30 assists.

On the defensive side for the Bulldogs, Sarah Phillips dug 51 hits, Bickelhaupt returned 36 balls, and Jessica Tate added 16 digs. At the net, Bryeana Myrick had 17 blocks and Lexi Ramirez added 15 blocks.

“Overall, we played really well,” Bulldog assistant coach Cassandra Thompson said. “We dug a lot of hard hits which allowed us to set up our offense. It was good to play strong Idaho teams and the girls had fun.”

Dayton returns home to host Asotin at the Dayton gym Tuesday.

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