Warriors top Columbia Basin in four

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PASCO - Walla Walla Community College defeated NWAACC Eastern Region foe Columbia Basin in four sets here Wednesday, 21-25, 28-26, 26-24 and 25-18.

"Winning a conference match on the road against a very determined opponent is great," Warriors coach Tim Toon said. "We made some huge plays to pull out the win in sets two and three. Our players stepped up and found a way to win."

Libby Kern led WWCC with 26 kills and nine blocks.

"That was the best match of her career," Toon said. "She posted All-American numbers tonight."

Desiree Nielson had 17 kills and six blocks.

"She moved into the middle hitter position for this match and owned her part of the net," Toon said.

Kayla Hanus recorded 47 setting assists and four service aces.

"She was responsible for our high kill numbers and scored some critical points with her serve," Toon said.

Renee Baumann had 20 digs, Christine Deitz had six blocks, Laekynn Culpepper 25 digs and Taylor Lancaster 23 digs and three blocks.

"We are playing more and more like teams of old (glory days of the program)," Toon said. "This group has a chance to be pretty special. This win is another step in hopes of winning an East Region title."

The Warriors are now 2-1 in league play, second in the NWAACC East, and 15-5 overall. They host Wenatchee Valley at 6 p.m. Friday.

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