ONTARIO — The Treasure Valley Community College volleyball team continued to roll on Wednesday, picking up a 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-14, 25-10) win over Walla Walla Community College.
The Warriors had few answers for the Chukars’ strong play at the net, as TVCC’s hitting staff of Jessica Whiteley, Cherish Borge, Marlee Taula, Gracie Mumford and Julia Nartker looked dominant. Borge had 258 kills on the season coming into Wednesday’s game, that’s fifth in the entire Northwest Athletic Conference. Whiteley’s hitting percentage of .352 is third in the NWAC and setter Anela Navor’s 9.93 assists per set is second in the NWAC.
The Chukars did struggle down the stretch in set two, with the Warriors finishing on a 6-2 run with multiple Chukar attack errors. But after the intermission following set two, the Chukars looked focused as they dominated in set three.
The win extends the Chukars’ (15-9, 5-1 East) winning streak to six games and they are still half a game behind Community Colleges of Spokane for second in the NWAC East Region.
“We’re at a point in our season. We’re at a point in our program where we should be seeing some change like this,” TVCC coach Erin Mellinger said. “We’ve playing pretty good.”
According to Navor, the offense’s rhythm has been a major factor for the Chukars this fall.
“We have more ball control this year,” Navor said. “The team just really works together. And we’re always hyped.”
Last season, the Chukars finished the year with an 18-15 record and a tough 3-1 loss to North Idaho College in the NWAC Tournament play-in game. It was the Chukars’ best finish in a decade.
This year, the Chukars aren’t just chasing a better season finish, they are looking to leave a lasting legacy at TVCC.
“The sophomores we have, they’re here to really make a change in the program,” Mellinger said. “They are here to make a tradition of volleyball in the treasure valley. They made it their goal this year to be something different.”
The Chukars will play at North Idaho College on Friday.