WWCC third at Chemeketa tourney

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SALEM — The Walla Walla Community College women’s volleyball team slammed its way to a third-place finish at the Chemeketa Tournament Saturday, winning three matches and losing two.

On Friday, the Warriors lost to Umpqua in five games, 23-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18 and 15-13.

“The loss to Umpqua was a bit of a fluke,” WWCC coach Tim Toon said. “They are a good team but we let them off the hook after winning the first two games.”

WWCC defeated Highline in three games and Linn-Benton in five games after the loss to Umpqua Friday.

On Saturday, the Warriors met Linn-Benton again, this time in the quarterfinals, winning in five for the second time in the tournament against them.

“The two wins against Linn-Benton were old-fashioned battles,” Toon said. “We showed a lot of character in those matches.”

In the semifinals, WWCC lost to Blue Mountain in three-straight sets, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-19.

Desiree Nielson led all Warriors with 68 kills while adding 20 blocks.

Reese Amy had 46 kills.

Courtney Cosdon had 166 setting assists while Jess Smith contributed 83 digs.

Jalisa Jose smacked down 43 kills and nine blocks.

Renee Baumann added 56 digs and 31 kills.

“This was a tough tournament,” Toon said. “It had a postseason feel even though it was only week one of the season. Every team we played will have winning seasons.”

The Warriors travel to Spokane Wednesday, return home Thursday to play Umpqua, and host a tournament next Friday and Saturday.

The tournament features five teams from the NWACC East Region and five from the South.

Toon said 8 out of the top 10 teams in the NWACC will be at this competition.

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