PHOTOS: WWCC nets exhibition volleyball win over Missionaries

Area volleyball play tipped off with the Warriors facing crosstown foe Whitman on Thursday, with WWCC taking the three-set season warmup.



WWCC's Taylor Lancaster serves against Whitman in second-set action.


Whitman's Annie Sing (center) and Jillian Davis (right0 do the double dive but can't save the point during the Missionaries' first game loss to WWCC at George Ball Court Thursday.


Whitman's Annie Sing keeps the ball in play with a one-knee slider then reacts with celebration on the early first game lead. The celebration didn't last as the Warriors battled back to win the first game Thursday at Whitman's George Ball Court.


Whitman's Annie Sing sails into the celebration off a long volley and eventual Missionary point during the first game of Thursday's match against WWCC. The Warriors battled back for the win.


WWCC's Christine Deitz keeps set focus as she readies the Warriors for the kill against Whitman during second game action Thursday at George Ball Court.

WALLA WALLA - Area volleyball got a head start on football as Whitman College hosted Walla Walla Community College in an exhibition match Thursday evening.

The Warriors ended up with a 25-19, 26-24, 26-24 victory over the Missionaries.

"This was a great way to start our season," WWCC coach Tim Toon said. "Although we made a lot of mistakes, the overall quality of play for the third week of our season was outstanding. We have made huge strides with our serve receive, blocking and defense. We challenged from the service line with very few errors. Our offense looked good at times, but we still have a ways to go before meeting very high performance standards."

Brittany Dominguez had nine kills and three blocks for the Warriors.

"She had some of our most impressive kills of the night," Toon said.

Desiree Nielson recorded seven kills and six blocks in a "great first match of her career," Toon said. "She blocked some balls straight down and made nice contributions to the offense."

Laekynn Culpepper pounded three service aces and 15 digs as she "anchored our back row," and Renee Baumann (seven kills, two aces, nine digs) and Taylor Lancaster (two aces, 12 digs) had notable performances.

"We are asking these two freshmen to jump serve, be primary passers and diggers, and hit the ball hard at the outside position," Toon said. "They performed well."

For Whitman, Jazmin Moledina had nine kills, Taylor Aschenbrenner had 32 assists and 15 digs and Rachel Shober three aces.

WWCC travels to Salem to play at the Chemeketa Invitational today and Saturday.

"The signature characteristic of this team thus far is how hard they are willing to work," Toon said. "All 14 players are committed to each other and committed to getting better. This upcoming tournament will give us a chance to experiment with the lineup and get ready for our tough conference season."


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