Warriors net Pierce Crossover title

The Warriors play Blue Mountain for the Pierce Crossover title, and down their nemesis.

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LAKEWOOD, Wash. - Walla Walla Community College won the Pierce Crossover volleyball tournament here over the weekend.

The Warriors opened pool play Friday in second place after downing Lower Columbia 21-25, 25-17, 15-9, and Edmonds 25-15, 25-22, before falling to the NWAACC's top-ranked team in Linn-Benton 25-19, 25-19.

In Saturday's quarterfinal, WWCC defeated Pierce 25-18, 25-16, 25-16, before taking out No. 9 Clackamas 25-17, 25-18, 25-23 in the semifinal.

In the tournament final, the Warriors handed No. 4 Blue Mountain a 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 loss for the title.

"I wish I could mention all the players on the team," WWCC coach Tim Toon said. "We had great contributions from everyone. Courtney Cosdon set exceptionally well and ended up with 48 assists. Laekynn Culpepper anchored our defense and serve-receive."

The tournament finale was a little bit of a surprise for the Warriors.

"After beating Clackamas in the semifinal, we were expecting to play Linn-Benton again," Toon said. "They were upset by Blue Mountain, so that's who we played (for the sixth time this season) in the final," he said. "We played great and Blue Mountain had a huge letdown after their big win over No. 1-ranked Linn-Benton.

"There was no doubt at the end of the day, WWCC was the best team in the gym," Toon said.

Warrior Libby Kern earned the tournament's Most Valuable Player, recording 74 kills and 13 blocks.

"She was amazing in all phases of her game," Toon said. "She was the best hitter in the gym and there were some good hitters at this tournament."

Brittany Dominguez, Kayla Hanus and Desiree Nielson also were named to the all-tournament team.

Dominguez had 53 kills and 21 blocks.

"All the teams were scared of her," Toon said. "Brittany's reputation as a great net player was strengthened even more this weekend."

Hanus put up 123 assists and 39 digs.

"It was a wonderful performance in front of a hometown crowd (Hanus is from nearby Kent, Wash.)," Toon said.

Nielson put down 33 kills and 21 blocks.

"She had some great matches," Toon said. "We are trying to get her even more involved in the offense."

The Warriors head to Yakima at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

"Hopefully, we can take this momentum and beat Yakima on Wednesday," Toon said..

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