Lady Scots win in straight sets

Last Thursday, the Taft freshmen volleyball team kicked off their new season with a loss at home. The Lady Wildcats hopes that the road would be better were dashed in Bakersfield Tuesday afternoon following a 25-16, 25-17 to the Highland Scots.

“They’re still learning their rotations,” said Taft coach Chaynoa Calbert. “Overall it went very well.”

With the loss, Taft falls to 0-2 on the young season.

It looked as if the Lady Wildcats were going to pull away at the start of the first set with a 3-0 run. After Highland bounced back to knot the score, the teams tied the score three times.

Including the last point to tie the score at six, the Lady Scots caught fire with a 5-0 run. Taft finally snapped the run but Highland outscored the Lady Wildcats 5-2 to up the lead to 16-9.

The Lady Wildcats attempted to get into the set with a 3-0 run to trail 16-12.

Highland built the lead up to six before Taft cut it down to four at 18-14 and again at 20-16. However, the Lady Scots scored the last five points to win the first set.

The Lady Scots carried that momentum into the second set with a 4-1 run. Thanks in part to Ashlynn Smith's two aces. The Lady Wildcats were able to bounce back with a 4-0 run to overtake lead 5-4.

Taft and Highland tied each other before the Lady Scots took off with a 7-0 run to overtake the lead at 12-6.

The Lady Wildcats snapped the streak but Highland answered with an 8-2 run including four answered points to begin the run. Taft attempted to get back into the set by outscoring the Lady Scots 6-1 highlighted by Gladys Magana's tip.

However, Highland outscored the Lady Wildcats 4-2 the rest of the way to win the set and match.