Set two rally fuels WWCC volleyball win

The Warriors go to bonus points in the second set and come from behind to win, 31-29.

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WWCC's Renee Baumann (No. 1) celebrates with her team during the Warrior's first game win against WWU Monday night.

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WWU's Alyson Atwood goes up for the block against WWCC but gets the volleyball header off the miss.

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WWU's Michelle Warner puts the ball on the line of the net with her block against WWCC Monday night. Victoria Buell trails at right.

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WWU's Victoria Buell (No. 5) and Heather McFadden go up for the block against WWCC during first-set action.

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WWU's Heather McFadden gets the kill shot past WWCC's Amy Reese.

COLLEGE PLACE - Walla Walla Community College downed Walla Walla University a three-set non-league volleyball victory in the Wolves' gym Monday night.

The Warriors won the match 25-14, 31-29, 25-19.

"That match was won in game two," WWCC coach Tim Toon said. "WWU built a big lead and had four or five game-point opportunities. (Warrior players) Sydney Porter and Kayla Hanus came up with some awesome digs to keep our comeback alive.

"Figuring out a way to capture that kind of urgency and quality all the time is the key to us becoming an elite team."

Desiree Nielson led the Warriors with 14 kills and two blocks.

"She gets better every time she plays," Toon said. "Tonight, she collected a lot of tough kills against a solid defensive team."

Kayla Hanus put up 34 setting assists and three aces.

"She runs our offense like a pro," Toon said.

Libby Kern recorded nine kills and three blocks.

"She was responsible for the hardest hits of the night," Toon said.

Devin Casterline came up with 12 digs and Laekynn Culpepper had 11.

"Both also had outstanding serve-receive numbers," Toon said.

Reese Any had four kills and three blocks in the match for WWCC, Brittany Dominguez four kills and two blocks, and Tiffany Cain three kills and three digs.

Cain "sparked our team with quality play in game three," Toon said.

The Warriors, now 19-5 overall and 5-1 in NWAACC East Region play, travels to Spokane Wednesday for a showdown that will determine which squad will stand atop the East.

The Wolves next host New Hope Christian College Oct. 14 and 15.

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