Warriors' run at NWAACC volleyball tourney comes to end

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GRESHAM, Ore. — Walla Walla Community College’s volleyball season came to an end on the first day of the NWAACC Championships at Mount Hood here Thursday.

The Warriors suffered a tournament-opening loss to Tacoma, 25-18, 27-25, 25-18, Thursday morning before being eliminated by Chemeketa, 25-23, 26-24, Thursday night.

“Obviously, this is not the way we were expecting to end our season,” WWCC coach Tim Toon said. “As you can see by the scores, we had chances to win.

“It had been our specialty all season to pull out victory when the game was on the line. At this tournament, we made clutch plays to stay close but could not make the big play needed to win.

“Last year, the East Region finished 1-2-3 at these championships,” he said. “This year, us and Yakima are out on day one, and Spokane is just barely hanging on. Blue Mountain is still rocking and has a chance to win it all.”

Yakima fell to Highline in its first match of the tournament in four sets, and then was eliminated by Linn-Benton in two sets.

Spokane stumbled against Lower Columbia in four sets before bouncing back to defeat Everett in two to stay alive.

Blue Mountain downed Clark, 3-0, to advance to play Clackamas today.

“Bottom line, the East was not as storng as usual,” Toon said.

During Thursday’s matches, Chantelle Zamora had 17 kills and 22 digs for the Warriors.

Kiendra Chester recorded 11 kills and nine blocks; JaLisa Jose had 12 kills and four blocks; Breanna Mehling dished out 32 assists and picked up 12 digs; Allie Johnson handed out 16 assists and had nine digs; Delaney Fisher had 16 digs; Denise Comfort smacked eight kills and had 19 digs, and Samantha Thompson recorded three kills and seven blocks.

“Overall, we had a pretty good season,” Toon said of WWCC’s 26-17 overall record. “The sophomores all had shining moments and we received some quality contributions from the freshmen.

“We’ll take a much-needed break over Thanksgiving, an get together in early December to map out the future of WWCC volleyball.”

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