WALLA WALLA — The host DeSales Irish volleyball team was overmatched against the Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights here Tuesday evening, losing the Southeast 2B match in four sets, 25-15, 19-25, 25-15, 25-18.
“They played well,” WWVA coach Scott Shafer said. “The second set we weren’t as sharp. We shouldn’t have let it get away.
“We got to play girls in different positions, which ill help us down the road,” he said. “But we had to put the pedal to the medal to get DeSales. It was a good match.”
“The second game for us was the best that I have seen my team play,” DeSales coach Hailee Cole said. “I think that they’re starting to figure out a little bit of what they’re capable of. It was a great effort and I’m not hanging my head at all.
“Honestly, this didn’t really feel like a loss to me,” she said. “The girls improved and grew more in this match, I think, than they have the whole season. That is a success to me. I’m extremely proud of their performance tonight against a really strong WWVA team.”
Amy Arnzen had four blocks, 11 digs and 10 kills for the Knights.
Megan Gregg was 21-of-23 serving with five aces and nine kills, and Rylee Sutton picked up 16 assists.
Hannah Leahy was a statisical leader for the Irish. She had six kills, 10 digs and 1.5 blocks.
Renne Roach added five assists and four digs, while Alyssa James had three aces, five digs and 1.5 blocks.
Claire Conley contributed seven digs and four kills. Teresa Acock was a team leader in digs with 21.
The Irish (0-2) play Thursday at Tri-Cities Prep at 6 p.m.
The Knights play at Asotin Thursday at 6 p.m.