Nielson propels Warriors past Umpqua

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WALLA WALLA — Desi Nielson’s best game of the young season propelled Walla Walla Community College to a three-game sweep of Umpqua Friday night in the Dietrich Dome and avenged one of the Warriors’ two volleyball defeats in the process.

The Warriors, who had lost to Umpqua in five games during tournament play at Chemeketa CC in Salem, Ore., a week earlier, defeated the Timberwomen 25-22, 25-17, 25-22 to push their season record to 5-2. The Warriors hosted their own tournament over the weekend in the dome.

Nielson, a sophomore from Rigby, Idaho, led the Warriors in kills and also contributed three blocks in the match.

“This was her best offensive performance of the season,” WWCC coach Tim Toon said of Nielson’s play. “She had lots of kills with very few errors.”

Courtney Cosdon led the Warriors with 35 assists and added 11 digs.

“She gave our hitters great opportunities for kills with her quality setting,” Toon said.

Amy Reese contributed 11 kills on the night, Jess Smith finished the night with 18 digs, Renee Baumann added nine digs and Taylor Lancaster chipped in with five kills.

“Umpqua is a quality team,” Toon said. “Last weekend they had some impressive wins over powerhouse programs, including the five-game win over us. I am pleased that we defended our home court and came out with this convincing win.

“I was a little worried playing this match coming off a huge win against Spokane on Thursday,” Toon added. “Although we did not play as sharp as a team, we had some outstanding performances.

“This 2012 team has a lot of balance and we are seeing different players lead us every match. If we can get all players on the floor playing great at the same time, we will be one of the elite teams in the NWAACC.”

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