Taft College defeats West Hills

Taft College is looking to start the Central Valley Conference volleyball campaign at 2-0 Wednesday when the Cougars host Columbia College.

They opened CVC play last week with a sweep of West Hills College in Coalinga.

The scores were 25-12, 25-20 and 25-9.

“The first two games were competitive, especially the second one,” head coach Kanoe Bandy said.  “Their coach said he thinks that his team tends to give up when it looks like they’ve lost the match.  They kind of laid down in game three.”

She said her team was challenged by West Hills’ passing.

“They are a very good passing team.”

The Cougars played well in the conference opener on the road, Bandy said.

“I thought we played well, but we played slow,” she said.  “We didn’t make a lot of mistakes.”

Freshman outside hitter Chanel Cantere was the offensive sparkplug with 18 kills followed by Dylan Parker with six and Brittany Peterson and Sina Mauga with five each.

Peterson led the team in blocks with five, Mauga had three, Ono Taotofi had two and Mele Yama one.

Sophomore libero Jordyn Grissom led the team defensively with 17 digs, followed closely by Cantere with 16 and Yama with 15.

Setter Yama tossed up 21 assists.

Consolation champs

The Cougars won the consolation title in last Saturday’s San Diego City College tournament.

After going 1-2 in pool play, the Cougars won two single-game matches, and sophomore middle blocker Brittany Peterson was named to the all-tournament team.

TC beat San Diego City College 25-12 and Rio Hondo 25-17.

They defeated Rio Hondo 25-20 and 25-9 in pool play but lost to tournament champion Phoenix AZ 14-25 and 12-25 and to Citrus 19-25 and 20-25.

Bandy was especially pleased with her team’s play in the finale.

“We did a nice job along the nets,” she said.  “Our blocking really came alive in that game.”

The Cougars has 10 blocks in that one with Peterson and Mauga getting four each and Parker two.

After their busy day on the court Saturday the coaches and players took in the San Diego Padre-L.A. Dodger game on Sunday.

“It was fun,” Bandy said.  “Whenever we have the opportunity, I like to try to do things that are either sports related or education.  None of the players had ever been to a major league baseball game.

“Some of them got autographs.  It was really fun and a nice way to finish the trip