Taft College got a steady performance Wednesday to sweep Columbia College in the Central Valley Conference opener for both schools.
The win over a team that brought a 6-3 record into the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center, pushes TC’s overall record to 7-3 as the Cougars head into Friday’s non-conference doubleheader in Santa Rosa. TC will play Shasta and Santa Rosa JC.
The scores against Columbia: 25-19, 25-19 and 25-13.
Tiffany Mapusaga typically does her damage as an outside hitter but in the third and final set it was her serving that was lethal. With the Cougars leading 8-4, she served 10 consecutive points with an ace to turn the final set into a rout.
But overall, head coach Kanoe Bandy was not happy with the way her team served.
“We missed an awful lot of serves,” she said.
Mapusaga also had seven digs to lead the defensive effort.
Offensively, the Cougars shared the wealth.
With Mapusaga showing the way with 11 kills – several of them monster hits – Chelsea Wong, Maeleen Hopeau and Risha Alaiasa each contributed eight and Haley Walrath had two.
TC had nine blocks, two each from Alaiasa, Hopeau, Walrath, Chelsea Wong and Kaylynn Palama one.
Wong also had seven digs, Tara Kelley six, Hopeau and Alaiasa four each.
Columbia battled the Cougars even through most of the first two sets.
The first game was tied seven times before the Cougars edged ahead for the first time at 14-13, but the Claim Jumpers tied it again at 18.
That’s when the Cougars went on a 7-1 run to close it out.
The second set was a carbon copy.
TC pulled ahead at 19-17, then finished it with a 6-2 run.
The Claim Jumpers wilted in the third set when the Cougars ran off 13 consecutive points – a spree that began with a Walrath block.