AITSBURG — Dayton emerged as champions of the Waitsburg-Prescott Invitational volleyball tournament here Saturday. The Bulldogs knocked off St. John-Endicott 3-0 to win the title.
Mac-Hi lost to Colfax 25-20 and 26-24, but bounced back to defeat W-P in three sets, 25-23, 23-25, and, in the decisive third set, the Pioneers claimed the match victory with a 15-6 win. Mac-Hi dropped a 2-0 decision to Touchet to conclude pool play.
In bracket play, the Wa-Hi junior varsity squad took a 2-0 win over the Pioneers.
Mac-Hi finished 1-3 in the tournament. In the bracket match, Amanda Rhodes led the way with five kills. Yessica Gomez had three serving aces and six digs, and freshman Lexxy Shelton was seven-of eight serving.
“The girls played the best I’ve seen them play,” Mac-Hi coach Kaila Rodighiero said. “The girls played as a team and they finished their games. It was awesome to see the growth in them.”
DeSales went 0-4 in the tournament. The Irish dropped matches to eventual champion Dayton and eventual runner-up St. John-Endicott as well as a match to the Blue Devils JV in pool play. Touchet defeated the Irish in bracket play.
Allesyn Lyons set up 12 assists and Renee Roach added 11 more as Alyssa James led the Irish hitters with 17 kills. Claire Conley added 12 kills and had six serving aces. On defense, Teresa Acock led the way with 48 digs. Hannah Leahy dug 21 balls and Stacia Deal added 17 digs.
Host W-P started pool play with a two-set win over Touchet. W-P then lost 2-1 to the Pioneers. In the conclusion of pool play, Colfax pulled out a three-set win over W-P. Colfax took the third and decisive set 15-4 to defeat W-P. W-P dropped its bracket match with eventual champion Dayton 2-0.
Samantha Fedderson and Paige Wood led the W-P hitters as Fedderson blasted 18 kills and Wood added 12 for the tournament. On defense, Fedderson had 32 digs and five blocks, while Wood chipped in 19 digs and nine blocks. Jaidyn Brown put up 26 assists. Enedina Fuentes chipped in 18 digs. Caitlyn Jones served eight aces and Fedderson added 11 aces to pace the W-P servers.
W-P traveled to Yakima on Friday to take part in the 32-team Sundome Showdown Tournament.
W-P was swept in pool play. Woodland defeated W-P 25-9 and 25-4. Bear Creek took two straight, 25-20 and 25-17. Columbia-White Salmon ended W-P’s pool action with a 25-12, 25-16 win.
“We struggled to get our defense into the right positions and to play as a team,” W-P coach Angie Potts said. “We were a little intimidated by the height of Woodland and Columbia-White Swan.”
During bracket play, W-P bounced back to earn two victories. W-P beat Riverview 2-0 and beat Seattle Academy 2-1, but came up short against Seton. Seton took the match 26-24 and 25-16.
“We played a much better second round as we were rarely out of position,” Potts said. “We came together as a team. It was a great day and we learned a lot.”
W-P went 2-4 at the tournament. Fedderson led the way with 21 kills, 18 blocks, 41 digs, and 11 aces. Wood added 16 kills to W-P’s offense. Brown dished 27 assists and connected on nine serving aces, as well as hitting 13 kills. Fuentes had 13 kills and six serving aces for the W-P offense and added 22 digs on defense. Jones and Caitlin Mohney combined for 21 serving aces with Mohney getting 11 and Jones picking up 10.
W-P moves to 4-7 for the season following its two tournament appearances. W-P opens Southeast 2B league play Thursday at Walla Walla Valley Academy.
“Overall, I’m pleased with both days,” Potts said. “We played much more consistently Saturday. The two days were tough on the girls, but they did a great job of playing through. The amount of growth they showed from Friday morning to Saturday evening was exactly what I hoped for. We still have work to do, but I’m pretty happy with where we’re at now.”