WWCC starts off NWAACC Tourney on right foot, sweeps Olympic

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GRESHAM, Ore. - Walla Walla Community College's volleyball team opened the NWAACC Championship Tournament with a three-set victory over Olympic at Mount Hood Community College Thursday.

The Warriors had no problem with Olympic in the 25-15, 25-18, 25-11 victory.

"This was a very impressive way to start our tournament," WWCC coach Tim Toon said. "We controlled every phase of the match and were able to build big early leads in every game."

Walla Walla, ranked third in the NWAACC, plays No. 5 Linn-Benton at 12:30 p.m. today. The Warriors split with Linn-Benton in the regular season, taking a five-set victory in September and losing a three-set decision in October.

"Friday will be a battle," Toon said. "We have already cracked the top 10 in this tournament, but we have sights on a much better finish.

"Linn-Benton is tough," he said. "They spent most of the season ranked No. 1 in the NWAACC. A few recent setbacks have dropped them some, but they are a very tough second-round opponent. A very good team will get knocked into the losers bracket, and I hope it is not us."

On Thursday, NWAACC East Region Most Valuable Player Brittany Dominguez had 14 kills, three aces and two blocks to lead WWCC to the win.

"Brittany was dominating again," Toon said. "It is almost getting to be a broken record. She just plays ball every time she steps on the court."

Libby Kern "hit the ball harder than anybody else on the court" while recording eight kills.

Kayla Hanus tallied 31 setting assists and nine digs.

"(She's a) quarterback on the court - not Tim Tebow, but more like Aaron Rodgers," Toon said. "She does a great job making the hitters look good."

Desiree Nielson picked up five kills and two assists to "provide some timely offense," he said.

Laekynn Culpepper had 18 digs, Renee Baumann nine digs, Taylor Lancaster four kills and Sydney Porter seven digs.

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