Getting big for a block, Walla Walla Community College's Reese Amy (14) blocks a kill hit by Columbia Basin College's Samantha Brewer (12) during their match Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.
WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College’s volleyball team needed just three games and 62 minutes to sweep aside NWAACC Eastern Region rival Columbia Basin Wednesday night at the Dietrich Dome.
The Warriors, ranked second in the latest NWAACC coaches poll, shot down the Hawks 25-11, 25-18, and 25-14 to improve to 3-0 in league and 15-4 overall.
CBC dropped to 0-3 and 3-5.
“A few hours before the match, the NWAACC posted the coaches poll and we were voted No. 2,” WWCC coach Tim Toon said. “Although we have been playing well and deserve a top-five ranking, I was a little worried that the shoe did not fit just right. I am feeling much more comfortable now. We dominated every phase of the game.”
Middle blocker Desiree Nielson led the WWCC offensive attack with 17 kills and recorded a .469 hitting percentage while fellow middle Reese Amy slammed 15 kills and hit at a .369 clip. Nielson and Amy had three blocks apiece.
“Desiree had streaks of positive touches on the ball,” Toon said. “I can’t believe this is Reese’s first year playing the middle. She is on pace to collect some post-season awards.”
The Warriors held a 10-8 lead in the match’s opening set before stringing together an 11-1 run that turned a tight game into a one-sided affair. Amy blasted four kills and had both a block solo and block assist during the spurt.
A 9-1 WWCC surge in game two obliterated a set-commencing Hawks advantage of 7-2. Nielson duplicated Amy’s game-one numbers to pace the Walla Walla charge.
CBC hung with the Warriors for the initial third of game three. But a 7-1 WWCC blitz, led by Amy’s two terminations and one block, turned an 8-7 Walla Walla edge into a 15-8 lead.
The Warriors closed out the match with a 10-6 run. Amy and JaLisa Jose contributed to the WWCC cause with two kills each.
“Our goal is to NEVER lose three points in a row and win the war of ‘streaks,’” Toon said. “Tonight, we scored points in bunches.”
WWCC got 43 setting assists from Courtney Cosdon, six kills from Jose, and five kills apiece from Renee Baumann and Taylor Lancaster. Baumann also picked up 24 digs.
Jess Smith and Delaney Fisher chipped in with 17 digs and two aces each for Walla Walla.
“These are All-American numbers,” Toon said of Cosdon’s assist tally. “Courtney is doing an amazing job running the offense. Renee was amazing on defense. She was so zoned in that she reacted to balls even before they were hit.
“We may have the two best defensive specialists in the NWAACC,” Toon said of Smith and Fisher. “Together, our back court is anchored. Sydney Porter is also playing great volleyball in the back row.”
WWCC’s next match is a league encounter at Big Bend on Friday.