Knights’ rally falls short against Jags

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COLLEGE PLACE — The Walla Walla Valley Academy volleyball team could not complete its comeback as it fell in five sets to Tri-Cities Prep here Tuesday.

The Jaguars jumped out to an early lead, winning the first two sets 25-18, 25-18.

But the Knights (4-3 overall, 2-2 in Southeast 2B League play) rallied with back-to-back set victories, 25-20, 25-22.

But Tri-Cities Prep took the crucial fifth set, 15-13, to win the match.

Knights head coach Scott Schafer said his team appeared timid to begin the match, but eventually settled in nicely.

“We kept working on some stuff and finally everything came together in the last three sets,” Schafer said. “Great recoveries, (our) serving got better and we were putting the ball where we wanted to put it. We got a little behind and came back.”

Amy Arnzen led the Knights in three categories — amassing 18 kills, 12 digs and nine aces on 19-of-23 serving. Rylee Sutton finished with a team-high 22 assists and Hope Heaton added nine blocks.

Schafer credited his outside hitter, Arnzen, for being all over the court against the Jaguars.

“For her it starts with her serve and she served really well,” Schafer said of Arnzen. “She made some great plays down the stretch with kills. It was a great effort. She’s my outside hitter so she gets a lot of chances to dig on their possessions.”

Tri-Cities Prep’s Corinne Barnett went 23-of-23 serving and added five blocks. Katie Kasazza and Mary Hoppes combined for 27 kills, as the Jaguars improved to 4-0 in Southeast 2B play.

The Knights face Dayton at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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