COLLEGE PLACE — Walla Walla Valley Academy came up short on the scoreboard here Tuesday night, but Knights coach Scott Schafer came away from the straight-set volleyball loss to Weston-McEwen confident that his team got what it was looking for when he scheduled the non-league match.
“Weston is such a powerful team,” Schafer said of the visiting TigerScots, who prevailed 25-17, 25-19, 25-18 to hike their season record to 12-1.
“They are a big team, a great team,” Schafer continued. “We struggled off and on throughout the match. It was not as good as I wanted it to be, but we learned a lot. That was the purpose of scheduling the game.”
For his part, Weston-McEwen coach Shawn White came away from the match with a healthy respect for the Knights.
“That is one of the better teams we have played this year,” White said of WWVA. “They are very athletic. They really come after you.
“Scott is running a great program there.”
Molly von Borstel put down nine kills to lead W-M, Taryn Coffman put up 20 assists, Natalie Arnold dug down for 12 digs and Danni Dearing continued her strong serving by going 15-for-16 from the line with four aces. Von Borstel shared the TigerScots’ digs lead with 12 and also served four aces while Melina Baker was 13-for-14 serving and Taylor Rudolph was 11-for-12.
Lacey Kuehn followed von Borstel with five kills, Melanie Sederberg put down four, Keegan Shepard three and Betsy West two. Dearing chipped in with nine digs, Madison Carlin contributed four digs and Rudolph was credited with one assist.
For WWVA, Amy Arnzen led the way with 10 kills, Jocelyn Magdaleno accrued eight digs, Rilee Sutton contributed seven assists and Hannah Woolever was 12-for-13 serving with one ace. Woolever and Madison Wagner were credited with two blocks each.
The Knights are now 1-1 for the season and open Southeast 2B District play Thursday at Waitsburg-Prescott.
Weston-McEwen, which is 2-0 in its Blue Mountain Conference, entertains Enterprise Thursday in a league counter and then travels to Pilot Rock Saturday to take on the host Rockets and Heppner in BMC matches.