Warriors sweep past Yakima, focus on Blue Mountain


YAKIMA — Walla Walla Community College continued its undefeated run through the NWAACC East Region with a three set victory over Yakima here Friday, 25-20, 25-13, 25-22.

“Another three-game sweep against a tough conference opponent on the road is awesome,” Warrior coach Tim Toon said. “Yakima put up a pretty good fight and we were very error prone at times. They play great defense and made us attack multiple times to earn a point.

“In the first game, we made 11 hitting error to help Yakima stay close,” he said. “Game two was a very solid performance and our margin of victory was comfortable. Game three was back and forth the entire way. Quality trumped the error monster and we were able to close out the match.”

Desiree Nielson had 19 kills and six blocks for WWCC.

“She carried us on her shoulders tonight as the other hitters were very error prone,” Toon said.

Reese Amy recorded nine kills and two blocks, and Renee Baumann five kills and 13 digs as a “solid contributor in the front row and outstanding in the back row.”

Taylor Lancaster had kills, Courtney Cosdon 40 setting assists and a service ace, and Jess Smith three service aces and 24 digs as she “showed why she is one of the best liberos in the NWAACC,” Toon said.

Sydney Porter tallied two service aces and eight digs.

“She’s a stabilizing force in the back row,” Toon said.

The Warriors, now 18-4 on the season and 6-0 in NWAACC East play, play at Walla Walla University on Monday, and have a showdown with Blue Mountain in the Dietrich Dome on Wednesday.

Blue Mountain is ranked No. 1 in the NWAACC, while WWCC is ranked No. 2. The winner of the match will be first in the East Region and atop the league ranking.

“On Wednesday against Blue Mountain, we’re going to need to play better,” Toon said. “Traditionally, we beat great opponents on our home floor. It should be an outstanding collegiate match.”


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