COLLEGE PLACE — The Walla Walla Community College volleyball team used a stalwart defensive effort to down Walla Walla University in five sets in the Wolves’ gym here Monday.
The Warriors (22-12 overall, 6-3 in NWAACC East play) had three players combine for 26 blocks, with Kiendra Chester and JaLisa Jose chipping in nine apiece and Libby Davison adding eight.
The Warriors rebounded from an opening set loss, 25-19, to win the second and third sets, 25-12, 25-11.
But the Wolves tied the match at two sets each with a 25-23 win in the fourth set to set up a decisive fifth set.
The Warriors proved to be too much, however, taking the fifth set, 15-9.
“Congratulations to Walla Walla University,” Warriors head coach Tim Toon said. “They came at us hard and played with a lot of heart. We had to regroup after a poor first set and (we) were able to battle back into the match. The fans got to see a good collegiate match tonight.”
Chantelle Zamora led the way for the Warriors, as she racked up 17 kills and 18 digs.
“(She) exploded with quality after the first game and never let up,” Toon said of Zamora’s play.
To go along with their blocks, Chester and Jose racked up a combined 25 kills. Jose also added nine digs.
“We are giving her more sets and she rewarded us with a tone of kills,” Toon said of Chester. “She was also dominating as a blocker.
“(JaLisa) posted great numbers in a lot of statistical areas,” he said.
Davison, who was playing in a new position, finished with nine kills and 12 digs.
Toon called her performance “the best match of her career”.
Breanna Mehling led the Warriors with 29 assists. Allie Johnson added 15 assists and chipped in two blocks.
Denise Comfort picked up 12 digs, and Nicole Lambert had eight.
The Warriors travel to face Big Bend on Wednesday, while the Wolves’ regular season schedule comes to an end.