DeSales defeats Waitsburg-Prescott in 5-set battle

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WALLA WALLA — DeSales recovered from a first-set loss to win a five-set Southeast 2B League volleyball battle with Waitsburg-Prescott Tuesday night in the Irish gym, 16-25, 25-12, 25-22, 20-25 and 15-13.

“Tonight was a very successful night,” DeSales coach Hailee Cole said. “I was extremely proud of the way the girls battled.”

Ashton Montgomery led the Irish with nine kills, a 15-for-17 performance at the service line and 14 digs. Teresa Acock made 28 digs and three aces. Renee Roach had 10 assists, was 12-for-12 serving, nailed two aces and collected seven digs. Alyssa James had eight kills, four digs and a block.

Claire Conley smashed five kills, was 12-for-13 from the line and had two blocks. Hannah Leahy had six kills, seven aces, 12 digs and went 23-for-26 from the line.

Elizabeth Ruthven scored five kills, seven digs and a block. Allesyn Lyons had four kills, 10 assists, 19-for-19 serving with two aces and six digs.

The Irish visit Riverside Thursday at 6 p.m.

Montgomery and Jade Donnelly celebrated senior day for the Irish.

“They will both be greatly missed,” Cole said of her seniors. “I think the girls really stepped up and pulled together to play their best to honor their seniors, and that made the biggest difference.”

Meanwhile, Waitsburg-Prescott saw its season come to an end with a 0-10 record in league play.

“This has been a great group of kids,” W-P coach Angie Potts said. “They worked hard, and for a team with no wins, or even few wins, it would have been easy to lose spirit and give up. But these girls kept trying to figure out what the deal was.

“In my opinion, they never gave up.”

Krystal Harris had a big night for W-P with 16 kills, 14 digs, 11 assists, five serving aces and a pair of blocks. Rhiannon Chapman scored six kills to go with 12 digs, four aces and one block. Sammantha Fedderson contributed 14 kills, 18 digs and two blocks, and Jaidyn Brown chipped in with 10 assists.

“It was a back and forth match with a lot of shifts in momentum,” Potts said. “Even in the fifth set. It was pretty emotional with the girls trying to get their first league win, and we just had some mental lapses and let it get away.”

Four seniors — Chapman, Harris, Jennifer Nichols and Adriana Benito ­— played their final match for W-P Tuesday.

“We were a young team,” Potts said. “We had the four seniors and only had two juniors, one who was new to volleyball and the other who was a transfer. Other than that, we were all sophomores and freshmen.

“The future is definitely brighter.”

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