WWVA’s Sydnee Sutton saves the ball during the first set in the Knights' five-set win against Dayton.
COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy secured third place in the Blue Mountain 2B League with a five-set victory over Dayton here Monday, 25-18, 15-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-6.
The Knights, 6-4 in league and 8-5 overall, could actually wind up in a tie with Asotin for second, as the Panthers still play first-place Tri-Cities Prep. But with the district tournament in Asotin scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, the match ends the league season for WWVA as the Adventist school can’t play on Saturdays.
“I wish the girls had the chance to go (to district), but there’s no accomodation for us,” Knights coach Scott Schafer said.
The Knights head to the campus of Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif., for a tournament Thursday through Saturday to end their season.
On Monday, Hope Heaton led the way for WWVA with nine blocks, six digs and was 12-for-12 serving with four aces.
“She had a good match for us,” Schafer said.
Amy Arnzen had 13 kills, and Rilee Sutton handed out 24 assists.
“It was pretty evenly matched the first four sets,” Bulldogs coach Shannon Turner said. “In the fifth, we didn’t work as a team to win. We had unforced errors and didn’t play scrappy enough defense.”
Courtney Mings was 17-for-18 serving with nine kills and 12 digs for Dayton.
Sarah Phillips picked up 21 digs, Lexi Ramirez had 14 digs, Chelsea Wooldridge dished out 23 assists, and Madison Mings was 16-for-16 serving with 12 kills, seven blocks and 18 digs.
Tri-Cities Prep stands in first in the league standings at 9-0, with Asotin second at 6-3, WWVA third and Dayton fourth at 5-5 headed into the district tournament on Nov. 2 in Asotin. With the Knights not attending the district tournament, fifth-place DeSales (2-7) will attend the tourney.
The Bulldogs play Weston-McEwen in a non-league match Wednesday in preparation of postseason play.
“I’m happy with how they’re playing overall,” Turner said. “We still have some things to work out. We have seven practices before district, and we’ll be ready. We’re young, and they’ve improved a lot over the season. I think we’re real strong offensively and defensively if we have a good passing night and cut back on unforced errors we’ll be fine.”
“I saw improvement in the girls this season,” Schafer said of the Knights. “We were the only school to take Tri-Cities Pre to five (sets). The girls feel good about how they played together. We’ve got some good returners coming back, so we’re ready to load up again next year.”