Warriors pick up victory in Spokane

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SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College opened NWAACC East Region volleyball play with a three-set victory over Spokane here Wednesday.

The Warriors downed the Sasquatch 25-14, 25-17, 25-20.

“We could have not asked for a better way to open our conference season,” WWCC coach Tim Toon said. “Spokane was flat and we took full advantage by playing steady all night. It has been four years since a Warrior team has won a conference match in Spokane. It was about time to bring home a win.”

Reese Amy recorded 11 kills and five blocks in an “amazing performance” for the Warriors, Toon said.

“She is new to the middle position and is playing it like a pro,” he said. “Her skill and energy on the court led us to victory.”

Courtney Cosdon picked up 37 setting assists, three service aces and seven digs — “the type of numbers we love to see from our setters,” Toon said. “(She was) steady in all phases of the game.”

Desiree Nielson and 12 kills and “contributed more and more as the match went on,” he said.

Jess Smith dove for 18 digs and “anchored our back row with quality play.”

Taylor Lancaster had eight kills and came up with 10 digs.

JaLisa Jose had eight kills and four blocks in a “dynamic performance for a freshman in her first East Region match,” Toon said.

Delaney Fisher picked up 10 digs, Renee Baumann had four kills and eight digs, and Sydney Porter three digs.

“Quality serving helped take Spokane out of their offense and our defense was outstanding,” Toon said. “In practice, we have been working hard to improve our transition offense. Tonight, we scored a lot of points in that phase of the game.”

The Warriors, now 1-0 in league and 4-2 overall, host Umpqua at 7 p.m. tonight, and host their invitational this weekend.

“This conference win will allow us to relax a little as we move into some good non-conference action the rest of this week,” Toon said. “We can now focus on building depth and getting better as a team.”

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