Magee's 18 kills help lead Warriors past short-handed Wolves

WWCC's volleyball team avenges an earlier loss at WWU by defeating their non-league rival in four games Monday night.

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WALLA WALLA — The phrase ‘What goes around, comes around’ occasionally makes its way into the conversation about a completed athletic contest in which one team exacts revenge on the other.


Such was the case Monday night after a volleyball match at the Dietrich Dome pitting Walla Walla Community College against Walla Walla University.


The visiting Wolves swept the Warriors two weeks ago in College Place.


Monday night, WWCC returned the favor in four sets, 26-24, 25-22, 22-25, 25-17.


Middle blocker Ashley Magee led Walla Walla with a match-high 18 kills while outside hitter Nikki Long added 10 terminations, four aces and 13 digs as the Warriors improved to 15-10 overall.


"Ashley had one of her best offensive performances of the season," WWCC coach Tim Toon said of Magee, who hit at a .536 clip. "Nikki had high numbers in several statistical categories."


WWU, which got 14 kills from Natalie Wilkening and 13 more from Heather McFadden, slipped to 7-10.


The Warriors scored the first four points of game one and equalled that four-point spread, 6-2, on a Cassie Phippen kill.


The Wolves, playing without starting libero Quijuana Oucharek — due to academic responsibilities — and right-side hitter Kara Moon — because of the flu — battled and stayed competitive throughout the remainder of the game.


Ties in the first set came at 7, 9, 10, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23 and 24 before Long ended the game with back-to-back kills for WWCC.


Neither team led by more than four points at any time during the second game. WWU led 19-17 when Walla Walla commenced a game-ending 8-3 spurt with a Magee kill.


The Warriors used another Magee kill, a Brandie Riggs ace and three Wolves’ errors to build a 23-20 lead.


Though WWU closed within one, 23-22, on a kill and ace by Wilkening, a Magee kill and a Wolves’ hitting error cinched up a two-game edge for the Warriors.


WWU avoided the sweep by winning game three. Trailing 10-9, the Wolves got four kills from Wilkening, and one apiece by Michelle Warner and Antoinette Bedros, in a 7-2 spurt that resulted in a 16-11 lead.


WWCC closed to within one three times — the last at 23-22 — before kills by Sadie Wren and Wilkening put the game away.


A Magee kill midway through game four appeared to put the Warriors in command, 13-8.


But the Wolves scored the next five points, the last coming on a kill by Wilkening, to tie the score at 13-13.


A 7-3 run would put Walla Walla back in command, 20-16.


After relinquishing a point on an error, the Warriors ended the match with five straight points. Long started and Phippen finished the surge with kills.


Carley Miller paced the Warriors with 15 digs, Sarah McLean set 22 assists, Phippen had seven kills and three aces, Sharsti Goff added 12 assists, and Madison Baxter contributed four kills and an equal number of blocking assists.


"A couple of other key elements for us were Sarah McLean’s steady setting and flashes of brilliance from Cassie Phippen," Toon said. "This was an up-and-down match — one of the best roller coaster rides of the season. It was nice to win rather than derail."


Bedros led the Wolves with 21 digs and Warner leaped for six block assists.


""I like the way they blocked," WWU coach Don Hepker said of the Warriors, who limited the Wolves to a .109 hitting percentage. "They closed the block better than the last time we played them.


"I was most disappointed with our serve receive," Hepker said. "We’re going to work on it this week (in practice)."


The Warriors resume NWAACC Eastern Region play at Blue Mountain on Wednesday. WWU hosts BMCC at 7 p.m. on Monday.

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