Cougars will host Reedley College this Wednesday
Kanoe Bandy hopes the friendly confines of the Cougar Sports Center will provide a spark for her Taft College volleyball team as the Cougars open Central Valley Conference action.
The Cougars will host Reedley College Wednesday at 6 p.m. and West Hills College Friday at 3 p.m.
The West Hills match is a schedule change.
A gymnasium remodeling project at the Coalinga college is not finished yet, so the schools swapped sites for the conference home-and-home series.
The Cougars are coming off what Bandy described as a “very poor” performance in last weekend’s San Diego City College tournament.
“We just didn’t play very well at all,” she said. “I felt we could have beaten the teams we played and we didn’t.”
The Cougars finished 1-4.
Their lone bright spot was a 25-13, 25-8 victory over Los Angeles Trade Tech in the second match of the tournament.
In the best two out of three tournament format, the Cougars lost to host San Diego City 28-26, 14-25, 11-25, to Chaffey 23-25, 21-25, to Phoenix, AZ 14-25, 17-25 and to Southwestern 24-26 in the single-elimination round.
“We didn’t pass very well at all, and our middle was not as strong as it has been,” Bandy said. “We didn’t have the confidence for some reason. The girls seemed to get intimidated for some reason.”
Sophomore outside hitter Tina Pulu led the offense with 34 kills followed by Morgan Blair with 19, Kelcey Viliamu with 15, Janine Orosco with 14 and Brittany Peterson with 7.
Michelle Hardy paced the defensive effort with 39 digs and got support from Nicole Gummersall with 38, Pulu with 30, and Blair with 28.
Peterson had six blocks, Hardy three and Viliamu two.
Blair had a good tournament from the service line, getting all 37 of her serves in for 20 points and three aces.
Viliamu was 32-of-35 for 22 points and five aces, Hardy was 28-of-32 for 13 points and three aces, Gummersall 31-for-32 for 12 points and three aces, Pulu 23-for26 for 10 points and a pair of aces.