Dropping its first match of the season, Pe Ell volleyball fell in three sets (25-12, 25-13, 25-20) to rival Willapa Valley on the road.
The Trojans (2-1) stayed in most sets until about halfway in each, dropping some pivotal rallies and committing errors in big moments, per coach Hollie Briggs.
But with a short bench, and in a big rivalry game, Briggs was happy with her team’s energy Monday night. Playing with a libero for the first time this season, Ava Bush brought energy out of the back row, and didn’t let the ball drop often.
Allie Engle finished with five kills, Kennedy Kephart was a perfect 8 for 8 serving, and committed just one error while dishing out six assists. With just 12 players making up its roster, Pe Ell has experimented with moving players almost everywhere, and Briggs commended her team for being flexible in three games so far.
The Trojans will have two more road games this week, with a JV-only game Tuesday against Washington School for the Deaf, and their next varsity game on the road at Mary M Knight on Wednesday.