WALLA WALLA — Locked at two sets apiece, the Touchet volleyball team’s passing proved to be too much for DeSales Tuesday.
Harlie Schaeffer led the Indians (1-1) with a game-high 18 assists, as Touchet took a pivotal fifth set, 19-17, for the win.
Touchet head coach April Miller said teamwork was essential in the win.
“We are watching the girls learn to communicate better and it sure makes for a fun game to watch,” Miller said in an email. “Great hustle out there tonight. I’m proud of our girls’ passing game. It’s come a long way, and you just can’t win ball games without it.”
After dropping the opening set, 25-18, Touchet bounced back and took the second set, 25-20.
However, DeSales won the third set, 25-19, before Touchet evened the match at two sets apiece, 25-18, and the match came down to the decisive fifth set.
Touchet’s Cierra Jo McKeown led the team with 17 kills, and Jennifer Aceves finished with a team-high 26 digs.
DeSales head coach Hailee Rogers said it was tough to lose such a tightly contested game.
“Overall, I felt like the girls played with high energy and at a high level,” Rogers said in an email. “I am already seeing a huge amount of growth. It was a great effort from both teams, and an intense matchup. I am excited to see how we build from here.”
DeSales’ Claire Conley and Hannah Leahy combined for 16 kills and finished the match 31-of-35 serving. Leahy also added 34 digs.
Renee Roach led the Irish with 11 assists and also added 32 digs. Teresa Acock finished with 32 digs for the Irish.
DeSales hosts Asotin at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Touchet plays at Lacrosse-Washtucna at 5 p.m. Thursday.