Warrior net sweep of Wenatchee Valley


WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College raised its NWAACC Eastern Region record to 3-1 Friday night with a sweep of Wenatchee Valley, 25-16, 25-17, 25-16, at the Dietrich Dome.

The Warriors improved to 16-5 overall.

"We carried some momentum from the big win Wednesday night at Columbia Basin," WWCC coach Tim Toon said. "Our team is starting to separate from the East Region pack and are staying in position to finish high in league. We didn't play perfect, but we were in control the entire match."

Walla Walla's statistical leaders included Libby Kern with 10 kills and two blocks and Desiree Nielson with eight kills and six blocks.

"Libby mixed in some nice off-speed shots to compliment her hard hitting," Toon said. "Desiree collected most of her kills in the second and third games. She is becoming a very nice middle hitter and blocker."

Kayla Hanus ran the offense, totalling 36 assists, as well as four blocks and eight digs.

"Kayla is our smallest blocker, yet she posted some great numbers," Toon said. "The high assist total is also an indication of quality connections with our hitters."

Renee Baumann did well hitting and digging, racking up eight kills, 11 digs and two blocks.

"Wenatchee keyed on our middle hitter and Renee made them pay with some great hitting," Toon said. "Her defense was also exceptional."

The best of the rest included Laekynn Culpepper with nine digs; Taylor Lancaster with six kills, eight digs and two blocks; Christine Deitz with two aces and nine digs; and Reese Amy with four kills.

The Warriors allowed just a pair of three-point spurts by the Knights while chalking up 11 themselves, Toon said.

WWCC continues league play Wednesday at Treasure Valley.

"Treasure Valley is not winning a lot of matches, but they are playing some pretty good volleyball," Toon said. "They are going to knock off some teams on their home court - we have to train in such a manner that we don't fall victim (to them)."


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