WWCC goes 5-1 at Clark volleyball crossover

The Warriors defeat No. 2 Mt. Hood in the NWAACC crossover tournament.

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VANCOUVER, Wash. - Walla Walla Community College posted a 5-1 mark here Friday and Saturday in women's volleyball action at the Clark Crossover Tournament.

The Warriors ran the table in Friday play by sweeping all three of their matches.

WWCC defeated Everett 25-12, 25-13 to open play. Linn-Benton took the Warriors to three sets but WWCC prevailed with the 23-25, 25-19, 15-12 win.

The Warriors faced host Clark in Friday's finale. The Warriors dropped the first set 22-25, but roared back, as they did in the Linn-Benton match, to pull out the match 25-22, 15-9.

The three wins marched the Warriors into Saturday's playoffs.

The Warriors opened Saturday play with a two set loss to Bellevue, 25-16, 27-25, but came storming back to win their last two matches of the tournament.

WWCC defeated No. 2 NWAACC ranked Mt. Hood in straight sets, 25-16, 25-13. The Warriors closed out their tournament with a three set win over Clark. The Warriors again dropped the first set, 17-25, but battled back to win the match with 25-14, 15-13 wins in the last two sets.

"It was a tough tournament," WWCC coach Tim Toon said. "With the exception of Everett, all the teams we played are bound for post-season play.

We competed very well. The highlight was defeating Mt. Hood."

The Warriors placed Nikki Long and Brittany Dominguez on the all-tourney team.

Long had 51 kills for the tournament and Dominguez posted 40 kills and 15 blocks.

"Nikki played at an exceptional high level in all six matches," Toon said. "Brittany is an impact player. The only match we lost (Bellevue) she was not in the line-up."

Kayla Hanus handed out 141 setting assists and served six aces for the Warriors. Laekynn Culpepper, in her full time duties as Libero, had 52 digs.

Corrine Holbrook and Libby Kern were tough at the net for the Warriors. Holbrook posted 24 kills and had 10 blocks. Kern had 21 kills and 16 blocks.

The Warriors host Yakima in an NWAACC East match Wednesday.

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