WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College tied NWAACC Eastern Region rival Spokane for second place in a 10-team field during the annual WWCC volleyball invitational that wrapped up Saturday at the Dietrich Dome.
The Warriors recorded a 4-1 record in the two-day invite to improve to 9-3 on the year.
Another one of Walla Walla’s East Region foes, Blue Mountain, claimed the invitational team title with a perfect 5-0 mark.
The Warriors opened play on Friday with three wins against NWAACC South opponents. WWCC defeated Chemeketa, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10 before sweeping Umpqua, 25-19, 25-21, and Clackamas, 27-25, 25-18.
On Saturday, Walla Walla defeated Linn-Benton, 25-21, 25-16, and lost to Mt. Hood, 25-20, 18-25, 15-11.
“The tournament highlight was probably our match against Linn-Benton,” WWCC coach Tim Toon said. “This is the third time we have played them already in this young season. The previous two matches were tight, five-game thrillers. We handled them with ease at this event. I think it shows how much we have improved in a short period of time.
“The way the match ended against Mt. Hood was the only downer this weekend,” Toon said. “We were ahead by a couple of points and gave away a six-point streak. That should NEVER happen in collegiate volleyball. We will learn from our lapse and take measures to prevent another meltdown.”
The Warriors place three athletes on the all-tournament team — Desiree Nielson, Reese Amy, and Courtney Cosdon.
“Desiree came alive this weekend and dominated in the middle,” Toon said. “Desiree was an offensive machine and blocked well also. Reese was energetic with a lot of quality touches on the ball. Our offense and transition game is picking up speed and Courntey is a big part of that improvement.
“I wish I could make a comment about every player on the team,” Toon said. “We had solid contributions from 12 players. Each had shining moments throughout the weekend. I am very pleased with the result and proud of all the hard work our players have put in to establish themselves as one of the elite teams in the NWAACC.
WWCC returns to league play on Thursday when it hosts Treasure Valley at 2 p.m.