WESTON – The D.C. Everest volleyball team opened its Wisconsin Valley Conference season Thursday and dropped a 25-21, 25-21, 25-16 decision to Stevens Point Area Senior High.
Danni Langseth and Alexis Crawford paced the DCE hitting attack with five kills apiece. Kiara Hammond and Brenna Lehrke finished with eight and seven assists, respectively.
Abby Duffrin keyed the defense with 30 digs. Lehrke helped out with 16 digs and McKenna Hammond had 13.
DCE hung tough in the opening two sets, but the Panthers found a way to pull them out down the stretch of each set.
Looking to force a fourth set, the Evergreens found points tough to come by in suffering a sweep in the conference opener.
D.C. Everest 3, Wausau East 0
WESTON – The Evergreens tandem of Tamirat Knutson and Diego Sanchez proved too tough to overcome for the Lumberjacks in the Wisconsin Valley Conference opener for DCE.
After a scoreless opening half, Knutson struck for the first of his two goals off a feed from Sanchez 10 minutes into the second half.
A little over 20 minutes later the DCE duo switched places with Sanchez finding the back of the net off an assist from Knutson.
Less than a minute later, Knutson tallied his second goal of the match and Sanches picked up the assist to seal the win for the Evergreens.
East managed three shots on goal and the DCE keeper tandem of John Belton and Matt Schafer combined on the shutout.
Wausau East 0 0 – 0
D.C. Everest 0 3 – 3
Second half: 1. DCE, Tamirat Knutson, 55:26 (Colin Belton); 2. DCE, Diego Sanchez (Knutson), 75:00; 3. DCE, Knutson (Sanchez), 75:56.
Saves: D.C. Everest (John Belton 1, Matt Schafer 2) 3; Wausau East (Benjamin Reif 1, Erek Ross 2) 3.