WALLA WALLA - It took five games, but Walla Walla Community College's volleyball team used home-court advantage to hand Walla Walla University the 27-15, 25-12, 16-25, 20-25, 15-12 defeat Monday.
"Tonight, we tried out a significantly new lineup and figured out a way to win," Warrior coach Tim Toon said. "I'm encouraged that we are headed in the right direction as a team."
Nikki Long led WWCC with 16 kills and 10 digs as she "played dominant volleyball in the three games we won," Toon said.
Brittany Dominguez "showed streaks of brilliance" with 15 kills and five blocks, Libby Kern had "lots of kills (13) with very few errors," and Corrine Holbrook recorded 13 kills and eight digs in her return from "an injury and played a huge role in this win," Toon said.
Kayla Hanus put up 54 assists and 11 digs for the Warriors.
"(Kayla) handled all the setting duties and did a great job distributing the ball to our hitters," Toon said. "This was the most balance offensive attack of the season."
Danielle Meehan and Laekynn Culpepper had 19 and 13 digs apiece, respectively.
"If Walla Walla University were in the NWAACC East Region, they would be a playoff team almost every year," Toon said of the Wolves. "They are solid and made us work hard for every point."
The Warriors' next three matches are against NWAACC East foes.
"The next three conference matches present an opportunity for us to get back into the postseason hunt," Toon said, as WWCC hosts Columbia Basin Wednesday, Big Bend Friday and travel to Treasure Valley Oct. 6. "Our season will be defined in the next 10 days."