Spokane downs Warriors in three

WWCC's Jess Smith goes down for the dig.

WWCC's Jess Smith goes down for the dig. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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WALLA WALLA — Fifth-ranked Spokane took a three-set victory from No. 2 Walla Walla Community College Wednesday night, defeating the Warriors 26-24, 25-18 and 25-21 in a battle for positioning in the NWAACC East Region.

With the victory Spokane (6-2 NWACC East, 18-5) is now tied with WWCC (6-2, 20-6) for second in the East.

“What a mediocre performance,” WWCC coach Tim Toon said in a press release. “We had very few players meet statistical standards and the result was predictable. Against the fifth-ranked team in the NWAACC, Spokane, we need to bring our best.

“That did not happen tonight,” Toon continued. “Serving and serve receive are foundational to volleyball. We struggled in both those areas, which allowed Spokane to have their way with us.”

Reese Amy led the Warriors with 12 kills and four blocks on the night.

“Reese went to battle for us tonight,” Toon said. “At times, she tried to put the team on her back and carry them to victory. Unfortunately, she did not get enough help.”

Jess Smith contributed 12 digs and Delaney Fisher seven.

Courtney Cosdon set up 28 points and picked up seven digs as well.

Renee Bauman had six digs; Sydney Porter two kills and five digs; Taylor Lancaster three kills, three blocks and three digs; and JaLisa Jose four kills.

Despite the loss, the Warriors still hold a strong position for making the playoffs.

“The good news is that we are still in solid play-off position based on our early success,” Toon said. “The true measure of this team will be based on how we finish the season. That chapter is waiting to be written and I hope tonight was just a little stumble as we head for a second peak.”

WWCC visits Treasure Valley Wednesday.

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