No. 4 WWCC sweeps Columbia Basin

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WALLA WALLA - Brittany Dominguez recorded 17 kills and Libby Kern added 12 of her own as Walla Walla Community College celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Night with a 25-14, 25-18, 25-20 victory over Columbia Basin in NWAACC Eastern Region volleyball action Friday night in the Dietrich Dome.

The second-place Warriors, ranked fourth in the latest NWAACC poll, improved to 8-2 in league and 27-7 overall. WWCC is just one match behind Eastern Region-leading Spokane. Walla Walla and Spokane will square off Nov. 9 in a match that could decide the league championship.

"It was great to win on Breast Cancer Awareness Night," WWCC coach Tim Toon said. "The crowd was big and we raised a lot of money for a very worthy cause.

"On the court, we played at a pretty high level," Toon said. "We had a lot of quality streaks but shot ourselves in the foot too many times with silly errors. I am certainly not going to argue with the end result.

"Columbia Basin is a good team," Toon said. "They have players from Walla Walla (Courtney Zaro) and Helix (Chyanne Hack) who have made some nice contributions to the CBC program."

Kern contributed four blocks and Dominguez had two for the Warriors.

"Brittany had an amazing performance once again," Toon said. "She posted a ton of kills and only had one hitting error all night. Libby mixed hard kills with strategic tips and also blocked very well."

Taylor Lancaster had seven kills for the Warriors and Renee Baumann chipped in with six kills and 18 digs.

Kayla Hanus had 37 setting assists and seven digs for Walla Walla.

"Taylor had one of her best offensive performances of the season," Toon said. "She packs a big punch for an undersized outside hitter. Renee beautifully sang the national anthem to start the match and carried that same high quality onto the court.

"Kayla is closing in on an assist record at WWCC," Toon said.

Laekynn Culpepper, Sydney Porter and Christine Deitz aided the WWCC effort with nine, eight and seven digs, respectively.

"These three anchored our defense," Toon said.

The Warriors continue league play Wednesday at Wenatchee.

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