From number 18 to beating the number 1 team, WNCC is undefeated
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — The Western Nebraska Community College Volleyball team is undefeated with a seven-game win streak this season.
The 19 members of the junior college team have one common goal in mind; outside hitters Erica Fava and Jenna Curtis, and setter Chanelle Martinez said the goal is to win the National Championship.
“We all have the same goal, and we know we can achieve it,” Fava said.
Not only are the WNCC Cougars undefeated, but the girls won six of those seven matches in straight sets (3-0).
The girl's biggest competition is Iowa Western Community College, last season's National Champions. The Cougars defeated Iowa in three out of five games.
This is head coach, Binny Canales’ ninth season coaching volleyball.
“Right now, we’re doing one game at a time,” Canales said. “Win what we can, get to the national tournament, and then take it from there.”
Coming off last season with a 24 to 15 record and ranked 18th in the nation, the girls had a lot to prove.
“Our blocking has stepped it up so much from last year to this year so that definitely helps us out,” Curtis said.
The team said they struggled with missing some key players last season.
“Last year we had a lot of injuries, this year we want to stay healthy,” Canales said.
Fava, Curtis, and Martinez all said they have been playing volleyball since they were five or six years old.
“I like the dedication and discipline you have to have in order to play,” Martinez said. “It takes a lot of communication with your team to be successful.”
Although the Cougars have dedication and determination, the girls agreed it's their teamwork and chemistry on the court that keeps them on top.
“I love the fact that I have people around me and when I am struggling, I can count on my teammates,” Fava said. “I think we try to make it a good environment, so everyone feels comfortable.”
On Tuesday's game at Casper College the team started out five points behind but came back and won 25 to 14.
The players said even if they lose a game, they will come back stronger and not let it deter them from their end goal.
“We just want to go in the gym and get better, and get to the goal we all have,” Fava said.
The cougars play their eighth game on Friday against Central Wyoming College.