Warriors pick up 'ugly win' over WV

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WENATCHEE — Walla Walla Community College picked up a four-set NWAACC East Region volleyball victory over Wenatchee Valley here Wednesday night, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 27-25.

“This late in the season, I will take this ugly win instead of a well-played loss,” Warrior coach Tim Toon said. “We outplayed Wenatchee in the first game, but could not close it out with enough quality at critical times. Games two and three were much more comfortable.

“In the fourth game, we had to battle back from a multiple-point deficit and fought off a couple of game points to seal the match win,” he said. “Wenatchee is a good team and they are fighting for their playoff lives. I am happy to get out of there with the win.”

JaLisa Jose smacked 15 kills and had three blocks for the Warriors.

“(It was) another amazing performance for a freshman,” Toon said. “It makes me wonder why I did not move her to the middle hitter position sooner.”

Reese Amy recorded 13 kills and had two blocks as she “made a number of key contributions in the critical fourth game,” he said.

Desiree Nielson had 10 kills and five blocks after she “missed the last week because of an injury, but game into game two and was a difference maker,” Toon said.

Courtney Cosdon handed out 45 setting assists and 15 digs, Jess Smith picked up 20 digs, Renee Baumann hit seven kills and came up with 18 digs, and Delaney Fisher had three service aces and 10 digs.

The victory leaves WWCC with a 10-2 NWAACC East record, 29-8 overall, and the Warriors host Yakima at 6 p.m. Friday for Sophomore Night in their last home match of the season.

Walla Walla sits in second place in the region behind 12-0 Blue Mountain, followed by Spokane at 9-3, Yakima at 6-6 and Wenatchee Valley at 6-7.

“Yakima is in the same desperate position as Wenatchee,” Toon said of Friday’s match. “They need a win to have a chance at the postseason.

“Eight WWCC sophomores will play their last match in front of the (Dietrich) Dome crowd,” he said. “I think there is enough on the line for us that we will come out and play great Warrior volleyball.”

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