WWCC volleyball dominates Yakima in sweep

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YAKIMA - Walla Walla Community College continued its high level of volleyball play with a three-set NWAACC East Region victory over Yakima, 25-21, 25-17, 25-11, Wednesday night.

"Yakima is a very good team," Warrior coach Tim Toon said. "They dug some balls that no other team in the NWAACC would have been able to keep in play.

"This match featured a lot of long rallies, but our offense was just too strong for Yakima to keep up with."

Brittany Dominguez, coming off a week in which she was named NWAACC East Region Offensive Player of the Week, had 12 kills and eight blocks against the Yaks.

"She continued her dominance at the net tonight, especially with her blocking," Toon said.

Libby Kern "hit some balls amazingly hard," he said, while compiling 10 kills and three blocks.

Renee Baumann had "solid all-around contributions" on the way to six kills and 17 digs.

Desiree Nielson recorded six kills and three blocks.

"She helped shut down Yakima's best player," Toon said.

Kayla Hanus put up 28 setting assists and had eight blocks as she was "quarterbacking one of the most explosive offenses in the NWAACC," he said.

Laekynn Culpepper had "outstanding back row play" while picking up 35 digs.

Sydney Porter had 11 digs and two service aces for the Warriors, Christine Deitz had 11 digs, and Taylor Lancaster had four kills and 12 digs.

"Last Saturday, we played the best volleyball for a Warrior team in the last three years," Toon said. "Tonight, that quality play continued. This team has figured out that by connecting long stretches of quality play, they can beat any opponent. I hope we can hold this peak a little longer."

Walla Walla, now 7-2 in league and tied for second place in the East Region with Blue Mountain (and 26-6 overall), is ranked No. 5 in the NWAACC and hosts Columbia Basin at 6 p.m. Friday for Breast Cancer Awareness Night.

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