Warriors show progress at Highline volleyball tourney

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DES MOINES, Wash. - The Walla Walla Community College volleyball team finished up Highline Tournament play with a 1-3 record Saturday.

The Warriors opened tournament play with a 25-19, 25-22 loss to Blue Mountain Friday, before tourney host Highline handed WWCC a 25-15, 24-26, 15-7 defeat.

On Saturday, the Warriors picked up a 19-25, 25-19, 15-11 victory over Shoreline, and then fell to Tacoma, 13-25, 25-23, 17-15.

"Although our record stunk this weekend, we did get a lot better," WWCC coach Tim Toon said. "Every team we played is a potential top 10 team in the NWAACC. We aren't there yet, but are knocking on the door to being an elite team."

Leading the way for the Warriors was Corrine Holbrook, who had 29 kills and five blocks in the tournament.

"Her offense helped make us competitive," Toon said.

Carley Miller came up with 42 digs as she "played with a lot of energy and skill," Toon said.

Outside hitters Nikki Long, with 19 kills and 17 digs, and Daniell Miehan with 17 kills and 20 digs, "showed steady play" throughout the weekend, Toon said.

Brittany Dominguez also had 19 kills and blocked seven balls.

"She improved and became more dynamic in every game," Toon said.

Setters Carly Lundgren (36 assists), Kayla Hanus (31 assists) and Sharsti Goff (24 assists) helped spark the Warrior offense.

"Early in the weekend, our offense lacked quality," Toon said. "As the tournament progressed, the setters really started connecting with the hitters."

The Warriors next host Spokane on Wednesday.

"The strength of this team is the energy they have," Toon said. "They are loud and aggressive no matter the score. Teams with these qualities improve fast."

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