Warriors net victory over Columbia Basin

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PASCO ­— The Warriors invaded Columbia Basin Friday evening and brought home a three-set NWAACC East Region volleyball victory.

Walla Walla Community College won the match, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23.

The victory lifts WWCC to 8-2 in league, 22-6 overall, as they prepare to host Big Bend Wednesday for Breast Cancer Awareness Night.

“We are starting to play better,” WWCC coach Tim Toon said. “A few pieces of the puzzle significantly improved tonight. This was a highly charged match with CBC’s playoff hopes on the line. We did not shy away from the battle and played really hard. I am really proud that this team was able to win in straight sets and get out of town.”

Jess Smith picked up 37 digs for the Warriors with “amazing back row play that rivaled the best ever by a WWCC libero,” Toon said.

“Desiree Nielson had 12 kills and six blocks, “steady contributions,” her coach said.

Courtney Cosdon dished 35 setting assists and had 12 digs as she “did a very good job of spreading the ball around to many of our hitters,” Toon said.

JaLisa Jose had eight kills and 11 digs.

“She keeps getting better and contributing more every time she steps on the court,” Toon said of Jose.

Renee Baumann recorded six kills and nine digs, “a rock star in the back row and some nice kill totals,” Toon said.

Taylor Lancaster blasted her way to six kills, and Libby Davison’s three kills helped WWCC stay on track.

“She subbed into game one and helped restore order on our side of the court,” Toon said. “She was a steady performer the rest of the match.

“I am especially pleased with game two,” he said. “I switched the lineup and made a mistake that caused us to play in an unfamiliar rotation. The team responded great and got me off the hook.”

Wednesday’s match against Big Bend tips off at 6 p.m.

“Big Bend will be fun,” Toon said. “We’ll suit up in pink uniforms and raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Many of our players and coaches have had close relatives that have fought or are currently fighting breast cancer. It’s personal.”

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