Lady Wildcats outlast Lady Scots in final set to secure the victory
During the course of their non-league season, the Taft varsity volleyball team got to play only one match at home.
The Lady Wildcats made the most of that opportunity Tuesday evening when they defeated the Highland Scots 25-15, 25-16 and 27-25.
After they trailed 1-0 to begin the first set, the Lady Wildcats took off with a 4-1 run to build a 4-2 advantage.
The set remained close until Taft went on a 9-2 run to up the lead to eight at 16-8. The Lady Scots broke the run with a point, but the Lady Wildcats outscored Highland 7-1 to lead 23-10.
Highland made one last run late in the set with four answered points, but Taft countered by winning the set.
Momentum swung to Highland’s favor early in the second set after scoring the first three points.
Taft stormed back with eight straight points, including Suzie Arnold’s ace to lead 8-3. Highland finally broke the run, but Taft held a four-five point lead before the Lady Scots cut the Taft advantage to 14-11 and 15-13. The Lady Wildcats then reeled off four straight points to lead by six.
Highland broke the run with a point. However, Taft outscored the Lady Scots 6-2 to go up two sets to none.
It was Taft’s turn to get off to a fast start with the Lady Wildcats jumping out to a 4-1 lead to begin the third set thanks in part to Kendall Casteel’s ace.
Highland whittled Taft’s lead to one but the Lady Wildcats scored the next four points to lead 7-3.
Highland battled back to tie it four different times before Haley Walrath broke the last tie with an ace to give the Lady Wildcats a 13-12 advantage.
Taft maintained a slight lead until Highland went on a 4-0 run to tie the score at 23.
It was tied two more times before Taft scored the final two points.
Taft returns to action Friday when they take part in the California City Tournament.
Lady Wildcats go 3-2 in Bakersfield tourney
A couple of days earlier, Taft competed in the Ridgeview Tournament in Bakersfield.
The Lady Wildcats opened tournament action Friday by defeating Gold-en Valley 25-23, 25-21 and Cesar Chavez 25-17, 25-11.
“I was elated with the way we played during pool play,” said Taft coach Adeana Mc Daniel Furman.
“This was a proud moment for me because my team has been struggling with putting their oppponents away quickly and because Golden Valley had taken a game off of our league rival BCHS.”
Taft experienced their first loss of the tournament when they fell to Bakersfield Christian 25-16, 25-12.
Taft bounced back the next day with a 25-22. 23-25 and 15-13 victory over Arvin.
After they were seeded fifth in bracket play, the Lady Wildcats ended their tournament run with a 25-18, 25-12 loss to Wasco