Warriors sweep Yaks

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YAKIMA — Walla Walla Community College opened the NWAACC East Region portion of its 2013 volleyball schedule with a 25-18, 27-25, 25-19 victory over Yakima Valley on Friday night.

Kiendra Chester led the Warriors with 11 kills and three blocks, JaLisa Jose added nine kills and three blocks, and Chantelle Zamora had six kills and 14 digs.

“Kiendra was our go-to hitter in this match,” WWCC coach Tim Toon said. “She is a dynamic offensive weapon. We are asking JaLisa to anchor our front row and make contributions in the back row. She is posting some impressive numbers. She is not going to get a lot of rest this season. We need her on the floor.

“Chantelle is a steady performer,” Toon said. “We have to figure out a way to get her more involved in our offense.”

Denise Comfort had five kills, 19 digs, and two blocks for Walla Walla, Breanna Mehling had 17 assists and eight digs, and Allie Johnson had 16 assists and five digs.

“We made a game-time decision to keep Denise in all six rotations instead of her usual three,” Toon said. “She rewarded the team by leading us in digs. It was clutch.

“Both setters are running our offense better and better every day,” Toon said of Memling and Johnson. “I like the direction they are moving.”

Toon also praised the efforts of Delaney Fisher (five digs) and Libby Davison (four kills).

“Libby is making great strides in contributing to our offense,” Toon said. “Delaney led our team in serve receive with some impressive numbers.

“This was a great way to start our league season — a win on the road against a team that will challenge for a playoff berth,” Toon said. We were in control from start to finish in games one and three. It is really the first time all season we have been able to string quality together in long stretches.

“Game two got a little scary,” Toon said. “We were in control until the error monster showed up on our side of the court. We had to play clutch to fight off two game points. Winning that game and being up 2-0 is much different than being tied 1-1. The match was pretty much secured by pulling out game two.”

The Warriors host Columbia Basin Wednesday at 6 p.m.

“The match against Columbia Basin will be huge,” Toon said. “We beat them in a five-game match last week. It will be a great collegiate battle.”

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