COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL — Wenatchee handles Warriors in three

WWCC coach Tim Toon holds the Warriors for practice after the loss.

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Nikki Long (center) moves right to reach an attempted kill from the Wenatchee Knights Wednesday evening. The Warriors lost in three sets to the Knights.

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Walla Walla Community College Laekynn Culpepper (9) comes up with a digg off a Wenatchee serve during the first-game of their Wednesday evening match-up at the Dietrich Dome.

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Warrior Nikki Long (5) crushes a kill past Wenatchee blocker Brittini Bulter (22).

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Christine Deitz (7) ranges off the side of the court to come up with an errant pass during the Warriors game against the Wenatchee Knights.

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Walla Walla Community College's Libby Kern (21) places a kill beyond the reach of Wenatchee blockers Lauren Fulton (3) and Brittini Bulter (22).

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From the back row Warrior Nikki Long (5) eyes a digg against the Wenatchee Knights.

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Eyes on the ball, Danielle Meehan (12) kneels down for a digg during the Warriors game against the Wenatchee Knights.

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Walla Walla Community College's Brittany Dominguez (4) reaches up to connect with the ball for an attempted kill against Wenatchee.

WALLA WALLA - Wenatchee Valley could have played on a world stage Wednesday night against Walla Walla Community College at the Dietrich Dome.

Or so said Warrior coach Tim Toon after the three-set loss.

"Wenatchee is a very good team, but we made them look like the Olympic team tonight," Toon said of the Warrior's 3-0 (25-14, 27-25, 25-20) NWAACC East Division match loss.

The Warriors' performance was poor enough to entice Toon to call for an extended evening for the WWCC players.

"It has been almost eight years since I made a team stay and practice after a match," Toon said. "That's exactly what we did. Our season is on the line and we need to figure out how to win.

"Next week will give us a good opportunity to get going - playing three matches in the (Dietrich) Dome."

The Warriors host Walla Walla University Monday, Columbia Basin Wednesday and Big Bend on Friday.

Wednesday night, Laekynn Culpepper stood out for the Warriors with two aces and four digs.

"I'm proud of the way Laekynn Culpepper player," Toon said. "She was the shining star in our serve receive and played her guts out."

Nikki Long had 11 kills for WWCC, Brittany Dominguez and eight kills, Sharsti Goff recorded 15 assists and seven digs, and Danielle Meehan four kills and six digs.

"The tipping point of the match was the way we lost game two," Toon said. "We were in control most of the way and made a series of errors that cost us the game. After that loss, we didn't have enough fight in us to compete very well in game three."

Wenatchee Valley is now 2-0 in league play, while the Warriors fall to 0-3.

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