Warriors place seventh at crossover

WWCC's Nikki Long and Brittany Dominguez are selected for the all-tourney volleyball team.

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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College finished fourth in its own seven-team tournament Friday and Saturday.

WWCC earned three victories and suffered two defeats in the two-day tournament.

The Warriors defeated Southwest Oregon in two sets, 25-15 and 25-16, then lost to Spokane 20-25, 25-23 and 25-7.

The Warriors sandwiched their lone Saturday loss with two wins.

The first win was against Clark in straight sets, 25-17 and 25-22.

The loss came against Mt. Hood 25-21 and 25-13.

The second win of the day for WWCC was against Olympic 25-13, 25-13.

Mt. Hood finished first in the tournament.

The other loss for the Warriors was on Friday against Spokane, who finished second in the tournament.

"Against the inferior teams, we rocked," said WWCC coach Tim Toon. "We played great defense and transitioned for points with a very high efficiency.

"Against the tougher teams, we back down," Toon continued. "The season is still young and we need to figure out ways to compete every time we step on the floor."

Nikki Long and Brittany Dominguez made the all-tournament team for WWCC.

"Nikki swung the ball with a lot of authority," Toon said. "Her serve, receiving and defense was solid."

Long had 40 kills and 38 digs to make the all-tourney team.

"Brittany dominated against the weaker teams," Toon said. "She also worked hard to get kills against the elite teams."

Dominguez had 33 kills and seven blocks to earn her position on the all-tourney team.

Just 13 players from the seven teams made it on the all-tourney list.

Other statistical leaders for WWCC included Sharsti Goff with 66 assists and 16 digs, Laekynn Culpepper with 51 digs, Libby Kern had 23 kills and seven blocks, Danielle Meehan's 20 kills and 28 and Kayla Hanus' 48 assists and 21 digs for the two days.

"Overall, this tournament was of great value. The more we play as a team, the better we are going to get. I hope we improved enough to beat Wenatchee on Wednesday. We have to figure out a way to register conference wins."

The Warriors host Wenatchee at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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