Warriors sweep past Wolves

WWCC's Jess Smith goes for the dig.

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

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WALLA WALLA — Everyone got into the act Monday night as Walla Walla Community College stepped out of league play and swept Walla Walla University 25-16, 25-14, 25-22 in collegiate volleyball play in the Dietrich Dome.

The Warriors extended their season record to 28-8. They will take a 9-2 NWAACC Eastern Region record to Wenatchee Wednesday for their next league counter.

“This late in the season, you expect your team to trust all the hard training time they have put in and perform at a high level,” Warriors coach Tim Toon said of Monday’s match. “After a slow start in game one, we kicked it in and played some really good volleyball.”

JaLisa Jose was powerful at the net for WWCC as she drilled 16 kills and hit at 61 percent for the match.

“It was an amazing offensive performance,” Toon said of his freshman outside hitter from Asotin. “It was by far the best performance of her career here at WWCC.”

Amy Reese added 14 kills and three blocks to the Warriors’ cause. Taylor Lancaster added five kills to go with six digs and three service aces, and Tifany Cain finished with four kills and two blocks.

Courtney Cosdon and Allie Johnson combined for 38 assists as they shared the setting duties. Cosdon had 21 assists and seven digs while Johnson was credited with 17 assists.

“Allie delivered the ball to our hitters like a pro,” Toon said of Johnson. “And Courtney was steady as usual,” he added of Cosdon.

Jess Smith led the Warriors in digs with 13 and in service aces with four.

Sydney Porter contributed nine digs. Delaney Fisher added seven digs and was “outstanding in serve receive,” Toon noted.

In addition to playing at Wenatchee on Wednesday, the Warriors host Yakima Friday in another NWAACC East showdown. They finish up the regular season at division-leading Blue Mountain Nov. 7 in Pendleton.

“The remaining matches on our schedule are going to be tough,” Toon said. “Wenatchee and Yakima are tied for the last playoff spot and are hoping to knock us off to gain the upper hand. We will have to take a businesslike approach and just get the job done.

“I expect some tough volleyball.”

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