Hawks beat Warriors in volleyball

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PASCO — Columbia Basin protected home court here Friday in NWAACC East Region volleyball action. The Hawks claimed a 3-1 victory over Walla Walla Community College.

The loss drops the Warriors to 5-2 in East play and 16-8 overall. The Warriors are third in the East.

CBC claimed the first set 25-22, but the Warriors tied the match with a 25-16 win in the second set. The Hawks pulled out a 25-20 third set win before clinching the match with a marathon 32-30 win in the fourth set.

“The odds caught up with us tonight,” Warriors coach Tim Toon said. “We have been playing with fire and been able to elevate our play in time to get wins. Tonight, we ran into a determined CBC and waited too long to kick into high gear.

“In game four, we fought off six match points to put ourselves in a position to win the game,” Toon said of the marathon set four. “It was an incredible battle with us playing some of the best ball of the season. If we carry that urgency into future matches, we’ll be in good shape.”

Chantelle Zamora led the way for the Warriors as Zamora blasted 18 kills and came up with 13 digs.

“Chantelle has been our most valuable player for the first half of the season,” Toon said of the Wa-Hi graduate. “She is posting great numbers and is our go-to weapon.”

JaLisa Jose came up with five blocks at the net and added nine kills and led the Warrior defense with 19 digs. Kiendra Chester posted 10 kills to go with four blocks. Breanna Mehling and Allie Johnson made the Warrior ship go as each contributed 24 assists to the Warrior attack. Mehling and Devin Casterline added to the Warrior defense with 16 digs each. Dayton’s Nicole Lambert came off the bench to add a spark to the Warrior attack with seven digs.

WWCC host Walla Walla University Monday in a non-league match to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Night.

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