Warrior volleyball team falls in four sets to Columbia Basin

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PASCO - Walla Walla Community College fell in four sets to Columbia Basin Wednesday in an NWAACC East Region volleyball match.

The Warriors (17-18) lost 25-22,25-12, 22-25, 28-18.

"It's really fun to watch the team when everyone is contributing," said WWCC head coach Tim Toon. "Volleyball is a great team sport and quality volleyball requires all players on the court to perform well at the same time. I hope we can find this type of quality in our three remaining matches."

Nikki Long led the Warriors with 13 kills and two blocks. Toon also credits her with pushing for the third-set win.

"She switched back to the left-side hitting position midway through the match and sparked the game three win," he said.

Corrine Holbrook had nine kills. Libby Kern had nine kills and two blocks, Kayla Hanus had 32 assists, 17 digs and two blocks, Danielle Mechan had three sevice aces and 14 digs, Carley Miller had 13 digs and Laekynn Culpepper had 12 digs.

For Toon, each set reflected play during the year.

The first set - lost 25-22 - was slow.

"It was a sluggish start with some quality play at the end to make it close," Toon said.

The second set, dropped 25-12, showed the Warriors' flaws.

"It was awful play with a ton of errors," he said.

The third, a Warriors' 25-22 win, was a solid match.

"It was outstanding from start to finish," Toon said. "We served and received well, dug balls and our offense was rocking. With this type of play on a consistent basis, we could have had a great season."

But the Warriors couldn't hold on to the fourth set for a win.

"It was great, competitive volleyball until 15 points and then just fell apart," Toon said.

The Warriors travel to Big Bend in Moses Lake Friday.

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