Warriors rally past Chukars in five sets

Chantelle Zamora digs out a save during the second set of Wednesday night's match with Treasure Valley.

Chantelle Zamora digs out a save during the second set of Wednesday night's match with Treasure Valley. Photo by Greg Lehman.


WALLA WALLA — It took all five sets, but the Walla Walla Community College volleyball team


Chantelle Zamora digs out a save during the second set of Wednesday night's match with Treasure Valley.

rallied from an opening set loss to beat Treasure Valley here Wednesday.


Walla Walla Community College's JaLisa Jose pounds one of her many kills past Treasure Valley's Rachel Steen (NO. 6) and the Chukar defense Wednesday night.

The Warriors dropped the first set, 25-20, before winning a hard-fought second set, 28-26. The Chuckers responded with a third-set win, 25-22, before WWCC tied it with a convincing 25-12 win in the fourth set.

Walla Walla’s defense and some Treasure Valley miscues propelled the Warriors to a crucial win in the fifth set, 15-9. Head coach Tim Toon said the Warriors’ play in the fourth set triggered the match-sealing victory.

“We were going to win that fourth set, but we could have let them get back in it and gain some momentum,” Toon said. “We were able to carry momentum from the fourth set to the fifth set.”

Early mistakes proved costly, as miscommunication and docile play allowed Treasure Valley to take the first set. The Warriors responded in the tightly contested second set, however. With the set tied at 26, WWCC’s JaLisa Jose sealed the set with a kill to take the lead and a block on the following play.

Toon said winning the second set was huge, as he implored his team to be more assertive on the court.

“We got passive — letting balls drop, not wanting to make the plays,” Toon said. “If you stay aggressive then the quality is going to eventually come. If you’re passive and you get quiet, the quality is never going to come.”

After the Warriors dropped the third set, Toon said the players began to play instinctively, which spelled good things for WWCC. The Warriors took the fourth set handily, as WWCC led for the entire set. The final set was much of the same, with Walla Walla’s net defense setting up the rest of the offense, Toon said.

Toon credited the defense in the later sets, as the Warriors got four blocks from Denise Comfort and three from Jade Byce. Byce did not play until the fourth set, but Toon said she made a major impact on the game, especially with her play around the net.

“Treasure Valley runs a quick offense, so you have to read quick and get your position quick,” Toon said. “We were a step behind and that was getting us in the net. We adjusted better to their faster pace later on and then the blocks started picking up.”

Chantelle Zamora led the Warriors with 17 kills while adding 22 digs. Kiendra Chester racked up 14 kills and Jose also had 11 kills. Devin Casterline led the Warriors with 26 digs.

Breanna Mehling and Allie Johnson finished with a combined 45 assists for the Warriors, although Toon is looking for improvement in the passing game.

With a home match against Big Bend looming Friday, Toon said the Warriors must work on keeping the ball in play and making every touch count.

“We got to think about terminating,” Toon said. “There were a lot of long rallies today. Long rallies are great for the crowd, but when we get opportunities, we need to think terminate.”


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