Undefeated Walla Walla Community College sweeps Wenatchee

Walla Walla Community College blockers Desiree Nielson (No. 5) and JaLisa Jose (No. 7) team up to block a Wenatchee hit during their first set Wednesday.

Walla Walla Community College blockers Desiree Nielson (No. 5) and JaLisa Jose (No. 7) team up to block a Wenatchee hit during their first set Wednesday. Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.

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WALLA WALLA — The Warriors of Walla Walla Community College improved to 5-0 in NWAACC East Region with a three-set volleyball victory over Wenatchee Wednesday night at the Dietrich Dome.

The win leaves WWCC 17-4 overall, tied for first place with Blue Mountain in the East Region and ranked No. 2 in the NWAACC.

The Warriors handled the match 25-14, 25-18, 25-15.

“For 15 points per game, we played outstanding championship volleyball,” WWCC coach Tim Toon said. “Against Wenatchee, this quality gave us comfortable margins each game. We have some very tough opponents coming up and we need to play great all the time.”

Leading the way for the Warriors was Desiree Nielson with 14 kills and four blocks.

“She’s posting great numbers every night,” Toon said. “She had some outstanding transition kills in this match.”

Reese Amy, who “hits the ball so hard,” recorded 10 kills, and Renee Baumann is “playing into form, contributing more and more every match” with eight kills and 18 digs, Toon said.

Courtney Cosdon came up with 43 setting assists and 10 digs.

“She got every hitter involved to balance out the offense,” Toon said.

JaLisa Jose and Taylor Lancaster had six kills each.

“These two blasted some balls,” the coach said.

Jess Smith had three service aces and 23 digs.

Delaney Fisher picked up 12 digs.

“She is playing like having two liberos on the court at the same time,” Toon said.

And Sydney Porter had two aces and five digs as WWCC “scored a lot of points in the three rotations Sydney was on the court,” he said.

“When we are playing well, our serving and transition offense may be the best in the NWAACC,” Toon said. “Those two parts of our game are solid.

“Blocking has improved, but is probably the weakest part of our game. We blocked well in the first game, but broke down a little the rest of the match.”

The Warriors head to Yakima for a 6 p.m. match Friday.

“Yakima on the road will be a tough test,” Toon said. “They are fighting for their playoff lives and we want to stay unbeaten leading into our showdown with Blue Mountain next week.

“There is a lot of volleyball left this season, but I am very pleased with the results thus far.”

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