Taft College split a pair of non-conference volleyball matches Wednesday at American River College in Sacramento as the Cougars continue a string of road trips to the northern part of the state.
After defeating Shasta College in four sets (25-14, 19-25, 25-14, 25-12), the No. 23 ranked Cougars were swept by the host American River Beavers (25-19, 25-15, 25-17). ARC is ranked ninth in the first statewide poll of the season announced Wednesday.
The split puts TC’s record at 6-2.
“We played terrible,” was coach Kanoe Bandy’s assessment. “We had a great warm-up. At that point I’m thinking things are good. But then we missed our first serve of the game and never gained momentum. It was frustrating.”
Chanel Cantere continues to provide the spark.
The 5-7 outside hitter led the team with 31 kills and 29 digs.
Sophomore middle blockers Sina Mauga and Madison Lawley had solid performances.
The 6-1 ½ Mauga had eight blocks and the 5-10 Lawley seven blocks and 12 kills. Ono Taotofi had six blocks.
“Most of our blocks were against Shasta,” Bandy said.
Tiffany Mapusaga, Mauga and Taotofi all had nine kills.
Mapusaga had 26 digs and Kristen Kamakele and Kerstyn Randall had 14 each.
The Cougars make another NorCal trip today when they travel to Gilroy for another twin bill, this one against host and 24th ranked Gavilan College and Allan Hancock College.
Two other Central Valley Conference teams also are in the state top 25.
Undefeated defending champion Fresno City College is ranked fourth and Porterville (6-1) is 20th.