WWCC 'matures a ton' in Spokane
The Warrior women's volleyball team reaches the finals of the Spokane CC tournament over the weekend before losing to national power North Idaho.
SPOKANE -- Walla Walla Community College stormed undefeated through pool play before falling in three sets to champion North Idaho College at the Community Colleges of Spokane volleyball tournament here Friday and Saturday.
Friday's first victim in pool play was Whatcom Community College of Bellingham.
The Orcas appeared to be in control of the match after winning the first two sets from the Warriors 21-25 and 20-25. But Walla Walla rallied to take the next two sets 25-23 and 25-21, before finishing off the Orcas in a thrilling 16-14 fifth set.
The Warriors second Friday match was an easier affair -- a three-set sweep of the Umpqua Riverhawks 25-22, 25-23, 25-16.
Ashley Magee led the Warriors on Friday with 31 kills to go along with 12 blocks. She finished the tournament with 51 kills, seven aces and 12 blocks and all-tournament honors.
On Saturday, the Warriors finished pool play by taking down inter-regional rival Wenatchee Valley in five sets 23-25, 25-16, 25-12, 20-25, 15-10.
That set up a crossover final against the winner of the second pool, North Idaho College of Coeur d'Alene. Unfortunately, Walla Walla was no match for the Cardinals, ranked No. 2 nationally. They dispatched the Warriors with ease in three sets, 25-13, 25-19, 25-12.
"We matured a ton in the Whatcom and Wenatchee matches," said Warrior coach Tim Toon. "These are the level of teams we'll need to beat on a regular basis if we hope to make the postseason."
"North Idaho is just a lot better than we are. Their two foreign players from China and the Czech Republic are amazing."
Toon raved about the play of his middle blocker, Ashley Magee.
"Ashley's really our go-to player¬≠¬≠ -- our best all-around performer. She has positive numbers in every statistical category," said Toon.
Setter Sarah McLean "showed her star qualities," according to Toon, by tallying 51 assists and seven aces for the tournament.
Megan Tompkins led the Warrior defense with 62 digs.
The team takes a 6-4 record to Big Bend Wednesday. The Warriors then host a crossover tounament on the weekend.