Warriors move on to championship after 5-set win

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GRESHAM, Ore. - Walla Walla Community College's volleyball team advanced to the NWAACC Championship match against Spokane/Mount Hood with a five-set victory over Mount Hood Saturday.

The Warriors defeated Linn-Benton in four sets and Blue Mountain in three on Friday.

"This is a great accomplishment for this team," WWCC Tim Toon. "I am so proud of our five sophomores. Last year, we underachieved as a team. It was inmportant for the sophomores to re-establish high quality volleyball at WWCC. They have certainly met that goal."

Walla Walla defeated Mount Hood 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 24-26, 15-13.

"The last two games against Mount Hood were barnburners," Toon said. "We served for match point with the score 24-23, but could not come up with the big play to win. In game five, we were down 10-3, but came storming back to win. The win represents one of the biggest comeback victories ever at the NWAACC tourney."

Brittany Dominguez led the Warriors with 22 kills and two blocks, Libby Kern had 18 kills and six blocks, Desiree Nielson came up with 15 kills and three blocks, Taylor Lancaster had 10 kills, Kayla Hanus put up 62 assists and 19 digs, Laekynn Culpepper had 16 digs, Renee Baumann 14 digs and Sydney Porter had 12 digs.

"We will enjoy this big win for a couple of hours and then start getting ready for tomorrow's match," Toon said. "Hopefully we can once again capture the quality we have seen all weekend and bring a title back to Walla Walla. This is the fourth final in the last eight years for the Warriors, with a 1-2 record with the only title coming in 2005. It is time to even the record at 2-2."

On Friday, WWCC opened play with a 21-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-13 victory over Linn-Benton.

Dominguez had 20 kills, two aces and two blocks to again lead the Warriors.

Nielson tallied 11 kills and three blocks, Baumann put up eight kills and 15 digs, Kern had eight kills and seven blocks, Hanus came up with 49 assists and 14 digs, and Porter had 13 digs.

Following that victory, WWCC handed Blue Mountain a 25-19, 25-15, 25-18 defeat.

Dominguez put up 15 kills and four blocks in that match, Kern had 12 kills, Lancaster six kills, Hanus 36 assists, seven digs and two blocks, Baumann had 13 digs and Culpepper 12 digs.

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