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CC Volleyball: Lady Blazers Make First NWAC Tournament in 21 Years

OLYMPIA — The Centralia College volleyball team has qualified for its first playoff appearance in 21 years.

The Lady Blazers beat South Puget Sound here Wednesday night in an NWAC West Region match, improving to 9-5 at the end of league play to finish fourth in the region.

Centralia (25-11 overall) edged out Grays Harbor (8-6) for the final West playoff berth.

The Blazers beat the Clippers 25-21, 25-22, 25-21 on Wednesday. Autumn Durand led the way, recording 18 kills with three solo blocks.

Alexus Howard-Johnson added 10 kills and two solo blocks, while Kendall Camoza and Skylah Kunahisa chipped in five and four blocks each, respectively. Setter Peyton Timmons dished out 32 assists.

“The team has played very well this season, and have worked hard to get to this spot,” Centralia coach Susan Gordon said. “I am very proud of them, and can’t wait for the chance to play.”

The Blazers moved into fourth place last week with wins over Tacoma and Green River. Centralia hosted Tacoma on Wednesday and won 25-12, 25-11, 25-7, with Durand notching 10 kills, four aces and five solo blocks. Camoza, Howard-Johnson and Kary Sathre each added six kills, and Timmons piled up 33 assists.

The Blazers then beat Green River last Friday. Durand had 17 kills and four blocks, Camoza, Howard-Johnson and Sathre each had six kills, and Nicole Duryea had 12 digs.

The 2017 NWAC Volleyball Championships start Thursday at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Centralia, as the West’s No. 4 seed, will face South Region champion Chemeketa at 11:30 a.m.

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