WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College impressed volleyball coach Tim Toon with a three-set sweep of NWAACC East Region rival Yakima Friday night, 25-17, 25-15, 25-18.
“Where has this team been for the last three weeks?” Toon said. “The ‘quality train’ had left the station for a while, but we got it back tonight.
“Yakima is a very good team,” he said. “Their middle hitters are as athletic as any we have seen this year, yet we were able to manage them with quality blocking.”
Desiree Nielson smashed 16 kills and had two blocks in an “amazing performance,” Toon said. “Yakima could not stop her.”
JaLisa Jose had 14 kills and three blocks as she continues “gaining confidence and is starting to dominate at the net.”
Reese Amy had 14 kills and two blocks as she “plays with a lot of energy and fire.”
Courtney Cosdon’s 50 setting assists were “largely responsible for our best offensive performance of the season.”
Jess Smith dove for 17 digs, Renee Baumann had 20 digs, Delaney Fisher had 6 digs and Sydney Porter four.
“These four players anchored our back court,” Toon said. “Serve receive and team defense was awesome tonight.”
Taylor Lancaster recorded six kills and five digs as she “turned some tough swings into critical kills.”
Walla Walla is 11-2 in league plays, 30-8 overall, and travels to Blue Mountain for the last regular-season match of the season Wednesday.
“Offensively, we exploded,” Toon said. “Now is a great time to work towards and peak. If can build on this match, we can expect to compete well at the NWAACC championship tourney in two weeks.”