Knights open with three-set win over Pioneers

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COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy used home-court advantage to take a 25-16, 25-19, 25-10 nonleague volleyball victory from McLoughlin High Monday night.

Rylee Sutton picked up five kills and six sets in the Knights’ first match of the season.

Krista Schafer also had six sets, and Madison Wagner was 15-for-19 serving with four aces and three blocks.

“It was good to get out there and play,” WWVA coach Scott Schafer said. “We’re still missing a couple girls who aren’t eligible, but it was a good beginning game to get us going. We improved as we went.”

For the Pioneers, Brooke Kralman picked up seven digs. Mackenzie Fite was 8-for-10 and Makayla Kelly was 9-for-9 serving with an ace.

“We didn’t execute as well as we wanted to on the net, but we had 17 attack attempts,” Mac-Hi coach Kaila Rodighiero said. “It was definitely a defensive game tonight. I see the girls growing together, though I plan to tweak a couple things in our lineup to see what else might work for us and hopefully gives us an advantage.”

The Pioneers host Helix tonight.

The Knights are off until Weston-McEwen comes to town next Tuesday.

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