SALEM - In a preseason tournament, the Blue Mountain Community College volleyball team experienced a bumpy start to the Dave Baty era with 18 unforced errors as they dropped their first match 25-18, 25-23 to Southwest Oregon C.C.
Baty said it looked like the team had a few nerves in their first actual game as a team.
However, by the time they were to face Tacoma C.C. those nerves had subsided and the Timberwolves were able to gut out wins of 26-24 and 25-23 on the strength of very strong blocking and passing, according to Baty.
The Timberwolves were dealt a triple blow in their match against Wenatchee Valley C.C. as they lost 25-16, 25-15 and lost sophomore outside hitter Angie Bailey with an ankle injury.
Even so, the team had enough juice left to defeat Green River C.C. 27-25, 18-25, 15-11.
Briana Claassen, a freshman setter, was named to the All-Tournament team with 32 assists 10 kills.
Sophomore Jayden Treanor led the TImberwolves in blocks with 15 kills while freshman Kelsey Jensen added another 11.
Before her injury Bailey had racked up 10 kills and freshman Jessica Rowan, of Hermiston, led the team with eight blocks.
The Timberwolves will have their home-opener Wednesday when they host Walla Walla University at 6 p.m.