Cougars defeat Allan Hancock College while losing to Gavilan College
Taft College opens the Central Valley Conference volleyball season Wednesday at Columbia College after splitting a pair of non-league matches in Gilroy.
The Cougars travel to Columbia just outside Sonora to christen conference play with a 5 p.m. match against the Claimjumpers.
It will be the team’s 11th consecutive road contest, and they’ll play a few more on Saturday in the one-day San Diego City College tournament.
With the split in Gilroy the Cougars head into conference with a 7-3 record.
They swept Allan Hancock College 25-20, 25-11, 25-11) before getting swept by host Gavilan College 25-11, 25-22, 25-18.
The win over Hancock was a bit costly.
“Our starting setter Kerstyn Randall went down with an ankle injury and will be out about two weeks,” said head coach Kanoe Bandy.
“A Hancock player came way under the net as Kerstyn was coming down after blocking. We had to take her to the hospital. Their trainer said he thought the ankle was broken. It wasn’t, but it was as severe a sprain as I have seen in a long time.”
The loss of Randall may have rattled her teammates a bit.
“We played very well against Hancock but didn’t play well at all against Gavilan,” Bandy said. “Gavilan played very, very well against us.”
Chanel Cantere once again paced the Cougars with 26 kills, 22 digs, a block and three serving aces.
Freshman Rachel Kapesi came off the bench to take over when Randall went down and finished the night with 42 assists and 15 digs.
Tiffany Mapusaga had 11 kills and 23 digs, Sina Mauga 12 kills and seven blocks, and Madison Lawley seven kills and five blocks.