Spokane dumps Warriors in East volleyball mismatch

Warrior coach Tim Toon clarifies the scores are correct after the 25-5, 25-6, 25-16 loss Wednesday.

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SPOKANE — Walla Walla Community College volleyball coach Tim Toon was not at a loss for words here Wednesday night following his team’s 25-5, 25-6, 25-16 loss to Spokane.


Just encouraging ones.


"These are the correct scores," Toon said following the lopsided defeat. "They speak for themselves.


"Spokane played like the No. 3 team in the NWAACC, and we played like one of the poorest teams in the league."


The loss left the Warriors in fourth place in the Eastern Division standings at 6-5, 22-15 overall.


Spokane improved to 9-1, 25-11 overall, and is tied for first place in the East with Blue Mountain, which downed Wenatchee 25-20, 29-31, 25-18, 19-25, 15-10 on Wednesday.


The Warriors are just one game ahead of Columbia Basin (5-6, 19-12) in the battle for the division’s fourth and final ticket to the NWAACC Championships.


Columbia Basin was a 14-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9 victor over Treasure Valley on Wednesday.


Nikki Long and Cassie Phippen were the Warriors’ attack leaders Wednesday with a modest five kills each.


Long also had six digs and Phippen contributed a pair of blocks.


Megan Tompkins led the team with 17 digs and Sarah McLean led with seven assists to go with six digs.


Sharsti Goff compiled six assists and five digs.


Madison Baxter finished the night with three kills while Corrine Holbrook and Ashley Magee recorded two blocks each.


"Hopefully we can use this match as a motivational tool as we hope to secure a playoff berth in the next couple of weeks," Toon said.


Next up for the Warriors is a trip to Wenatchee next Wednesday.


The Knights are in third place in the East (6-3, 17-15) following Wednesday’s 25-20, 29-31, 25-18, 19-25, 15-10 loss to Blue Mountain’s Timberwolves.


"We were able to beat them at our place," Toon said of the Knights. "It will be a big battle in their gym.


"If we can return to simple pass, set and hit volleyball, we’ll be competititve."

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