Warriors lose NWAACC volleyball opener

WWCC loses its NWAACC volleyball opener in five sets to defending champion Blue Mountain.

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PENDLETON - Walla Walla Community College's volleyball team fell to Blue Mountain in five sets to open NWAACC play on Wednesday.

"When you travel to your first league match to the home of the defending NWAACC champion, you'd better bring your ‘A' game," said WWCC coach Tim Toon. "Unfortunately, a ‘B' performance send you home with a five-game loss."

The sets went back and forth, with the Timberwolves winning the first and third matches, 25-19 each, while Walla Walla won the second and fourth, 25-23 and 25-21. But Blue Mountain picked up the deciding fifth set, 15-10.

Libby Kern led the Warriors with 11 kills and three blocks. Brittany Dominguez had 15 kills, two aces and eight blocks, Renee Baumann had 10 kills, two aces and 11 digs and Kayla Hanus had 41 setting assists. Desiree Nielson had 10 kills and four blocks, Taylor Lancaster had eight kills and 18 digs and Laekynn Culpepper had 21 digs.

"The team played hard throughout," Toon said. "We used several lineup variations and substitutions, which gave us a chance to win. I was proud of the effort, but not real pleased with the execution.

"Serving and attack errors kept us from stringing points together," he continued. "If we can get those two skill sets improved, we're going to be a very good team."

The Warriors, 0-1 in league and 5-2 overall, play in the Inland Northwest Communications Tournament at Spokane Falls this weekend, then reenter league play hosting Yakima Valley Sept. 14.

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