SALEM — Blue Mountain Community College volleyball picked up just where they left off last season, opening the season with a three-game sweep at the Chemeketa Community College tournament Friday.

The Timberwolves (3-0) didn’t lose a set Friday, beating Walla Walla (25-18, 29-27), the host Storm 26-24, 25-19 and Mt. Hood 25-12, 25-14.

The second match of the day had special significance to head coach Dave Batty. The win over Chemeketa marked the 200th win of his career since taking over the BMCC program in 2008. His coaching record now sits at 201-38.

The 200th win was also memorable for how they arrived at. The Timberwolves trailed the Storm 24-18 in the first set, before rallying back with eight straight points.

“That doesn’t happen very often,” Batty said. “I’ve never seen a comeback where a team had to kill eight balls to win.”

Sophomore outside hitter Sierra Linke led the way with 27 kills on 75 swings, a .293 hitting percentage. Frosh Kylee Giles was second in kills with 13. Fellow freshman Madi Harris posted the highest hitting percentage, .375, on limited swings.

No single player accumulated outstanding assist stats, as Batty rotated through three setters: sophomore Sam Odren and freshmen Maci Beierle and Kylie Collins. Batty knows the importance of each this season, especially his lone returning all-American Odren.

“We’re expecting a lot from all three of them,” he said. “But my little all-American did a good job today. I’m very proud of her.”

With the undefeated start, the Timberwolves advance to today’s pool play. They’ll play a semifinal game at 9:30 a.m. and then compete for first or third place depending upon the outcome.

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