Warriors finish second at volleyball tourney

WWCC's volleyball team places second in the Chemeketa Tournament.

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SALEM, Ore. - Walla Walla Community College reached the championship match here Friday and Saturday in women's volleyball action at the Chemeketa Tournament.

After posting four straight wins, the Warriors met East Region foe Blue Mountain Community College for the title of the cross-over tournament.

The Warriors jumped to a 2-0 lead in the final, but the Timberwolves roared back to take 25-22, 25-18 and 15-12 wins to claim the title and match with the 3-2 win.

"This was a great tournament," WWCC coach Tim Toon said. "We fought very hard and beat some really good teams. With this result, we have probably established ourselves as a top five team in the NWAACC."

The Warriors swept through pool play on Friday with 2-0 wins over Green River and Umpqua. It took three games for WWCC to finish pool play undefeated as the Warriors downed host Chemeketa, 25-14, 23-25, and 16-14.

The three wins in pool play moved the Warriors to a semi-final match with Linn-Benton. The Warriors won in five games, pulling out a narrow 15-12 game-five win to earn a spot against Blue Mountain in the final.

The Warriors won the first two games, 25-22 and 25-13, before the Timberwolves roared back with three straight game wins to take the title.

Desiree Nielson led the Warrior hitters with 35 kills for the tournament. Brittany Dominguez added 32 kills and Libby Kern chipped in 29 kills.

Dominguez led the blockers with 18 blocks and Nielson added 13. Taylor Lancaster had 54 digs and eight serving aces.

Laekynn Culpepper led the defense with 53 digs. Kayla Hanus set up 89 assists for the Warrior hitters. Freshman Renee Baumann contributed an all around performance with 21 kills, 33 digs, and six serving aces.

The Warriors improve to 5-1 on the season and travel to Pendleton on Wednesday for a rematch with Blue Mountain in the East Region NWAACC opener.

"Wednesday's rematch with Blue Mountain will be huge," Toon said. "It is the first conference match for both of us. The winner will be considered the favorite for the East Region title."

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