Dayton gets past Walla Walla Valley Academy

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DAYTON — The Dayton High volleyball team won a tightly-contested Southeast 2B League match against Walla Walla Valley Academy here on Thursday.

The Bulldogs won the opening set, 25-24, before WWVA rallied back to take the second set, 25-18. Dayton sealed the match with back-to-back set wins, 26-24, 25-23.

Dayton (3-4, 3-2) head coach Shannon Turner said it was difficult to keep up with WWVA’s outside hitters, but her team remained focused.

“They scored on us with some of their jump serves and got three or four points in a row with some of their servers,” Turner said. “Overall, we had a lot of unforced errors, but we kept battling back. We never just fell apart completely. With the pressure and the competition, we played well overall as a team.”

Dayton’s Chelsea Wooldridge went 15-of-15 serving and added a team-high 28 assists and 14 digs. Lexi Ramirez scored nine points on 14-of-15 serving and finished with a season-high 15 digs. Courtney Mings went 15-of-15 from the service line and also racked up 19 digs. Sarah Phillips finished with a team-high 26 digs for the Bulldogs.

Knights (3-4, 2-3) head coach Scott Schafer said his team’s serving could have been better, as the Knights missed 20 serves.

“That’s what did us in,” Schafer said. “They just really had a mental block at the line and it put us in holes. We would be up late and then (we) would fade going to the rest of the match.”

Amy Arnzen led the Knights with eight kills, eight digs and four blocks. Rylee Sutton dished out 16 assists and Hannah Woolever went 17-of-22 serving with six aces.

Dayton faces conference leader Tri-Cities Prep Tuesday, when WWVA hosts Waitsburg-Prescott.

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