2010 Match Stories
By Dave Loveton, sports information
Friday, August 27 -- Pasadena Quad. Riverside def. SBCC 3-1; Pasadena def. SBCC 3-1 Record: 0-2
Vaqueros drop two at Pasadena Quad
Allyson Porter collected 17 kills in her first two college volleyball matches on Friday but SBCC dropped a pair of 3-1 decisions
to Riverside and Pasadena at the Pasadena Quad. Riverside topped the Vaqueros 22-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-18 while Pasadena beat
the Vaqueros 20-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-23.
Porter, a 5-9 freshman from Lewisville, Colo,, had 10 kills against Riverside. Antonia Antes collected 15 kills on the day and Jenn Waddill had 13.
"It's early in the season and we're not passing at a high-enough level," said coach Ed Gover. "When we get a full roster, we'll b e much better."
SBCC will play 13 matches on the road before making its home debut against Bakersfield on Sept. 28.
Friday, Sept. 3 -- Santa Monica Quad: SBCC vs. Oxnard, 5:30 p.m. SBCC def. Oxnard 3-0 Record: 1-2
Thomas paces Vaquero sweep
Freshman Shereka Thomas pounded 10 kills Friday night, leading SBCC to a 25-12, 25-13, 25-18 women’s volleyball sweep of Oxnard in the first round of the Santa Monica Tournament.
Allyson Porter added seven kills while Hillary Tomas had 10 digs and setter Kelsey Soos handed out 25 assists for the Vaqueros (1-2).
“Our serve-receive was good and our defense was steady,” said coach Ed Gover.
Santa Barbara will take on WSC rival Moorpark in the semifinals at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Vaqueros and Raiders tied for the WSC North title last year.
Saturday, Sept. 4 -- Santa Monica Quad: SBCC vs. Moorpark, 10 a.m. SBCC def. Moorpark 3-2 ..... Final: Cypress def. SBCC 3-0 Record: 2-3
Vaqueros top Moorpark, fall to Cypress in final
Hillary Tomas had 18 digs on Saturday but it wasn’t enough as SBCC fell to Cypress 3-0 in the championship of the Santa Monica
women’s volleyball tournament. The scores were 25-12, 25-22, 25-19.
Jenn Waddill and Jaclyn Hadfield both hit .600 for the Vaqueros (2-3), who outlasted WSC rival Moorpark 3-2 in the semifinals on Saturday morning. Allyson Porter had 13 kills and hit .320 against Cypress.
In the morning match, Kelsey Soos did it all in a 25-21, 23-25, 25-14, 22-25, 15-10 triumph. Soos, a 5-9 sophomore setter from Santa Ynez, had 45 assists, five kills and three ace serves. She led the conference last year with 51 aces.
The Vaqueros return to action on Saturday with a long trip south to Imperial Valley.
Saturday, Sept. 11 -- SBCC at Imperial Valley, 3 p.m. SBCC def. Imperial Valley 3-0 Record: 3-3
Vaqueros go a long way for sweep
Hillary Tomas and Piper Obradovich had 10 kills apiece Saturday afternoon as SBCC swept Imperial Valley 25-16, 25-20, 25-23
in a nonconference women’s volleyball match.
Allyson Porter had 10 kills and Jenn Waddill added seven kills for the Vaqueros (3-3), who had to drive five hours one way to reach Imperial Valley, which is located in the southeast corner of California, close to the Mexican border.
“We passed at a very high level and did a good job of siding out,” said coach Ed Gover. “Kelsey (Soos, who had 22 assists) did an excellent job of running the offense.”.
The Vaqueros, who are playing their first 13 matches on the road, travel to Santa Monica on Tuesday.
Tuesday, Sept. 14 -- SBCC at Santa Monica, 6 p.m. SBCC def. Santa Monica 3-1 Record: 4-3
Antes has 19 kills in 3-1 victory
Sophomore Antonia Antes had 19 kills and seven aces Tuesday night, leading SBCC to a 3-1 triumph at Santa Monica. The scores were 24-26, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20.
Allyson Porter contributed 17 kills and nine digs for the Vaqueros, who improved to 4-3. Piper Obradovich had 17 digs and Hillary Tomas added 13.
“The first set was back and forth, then our passing got much better and our defense was organized in the last three sets,” said SBCC coach Ed Gover. “We didn’t make as many unforced errors.“
Saturday, Sept. 18 -- Fullerton Quad: SBCC vs. Fullerton, 11 a.m. SBCC def. Fullerton 3-2 SBCC vs. Golden West, 3 p.m. SBCC def. Golden West 3-1 Record: 6-3
Porter pounds 31 kills in two victories
No. 18 Vaqueros upset two Orange Empire teams
Sophomore Allyson Porter pounded 31 kills, leading SBCC to a pair of upset wins at the Fullerton Quad women’s volleyball event on Saturday. The Vaqueros, ranked 18th in the state, outlasted No. 14 Fullerton 3-2 (25-16, 25-18, 22-25, 22-25, 15-11) in the morning and then beat No. 13 Golden West 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 22-25, 26-24) to win the title.
The Vaqueros have their last four matches to improve to 6-3.
Porter had 16 kills in the first match and Antonia Antes added 15. Jenn Waddill had 11 kills and hit .556 in the middle. Hillary Tomas collected 22 digs, Hanna Powers had 14 digs and setter Kelsey Soos delivered six aces.
In the win over Golden West, Porter collected 15 kills, Antes had 12 and Waddill eight. Tomas dug 23 balls and Powers had 20. Soos had 16 digs in two matches.
“It was a great performance, a complete team effort,” said coach Ed Gover. “Antonia stepped it up at the end of Game 4 (in the second match) with three amazing kills. Then we won it on an ace.”
Tuesday, Sept. 21 -- SBCC at Canyons, Santa Clarita, 6 p.m. SBCC def. Canyons 3-0 Record: 7-3
Vaqueros notch fifth straight win
Soos had 15 digs, five aces in sweep at Canyons
Kelsey Soos had a career-high 15 kills and five aces Tuesdsay night, leading SBCC to a 3-0 sweep of Canyons in a nonconference
Allyson Porter had 18 kills and hit .348 in the 25-21, 25-22, 28-26 triumph, which was the fifth straight win and seventh in eight matches for the 18th-ranked Vaqueros (7-3), who’ve played all their matches on the road.
Antonia Antes produced eight kills and middle hitters Jenn Waddill and Nicole Bergmann combined for 11. Hillary Tomas had 20 digs, setter Kelsey Soos had a career-high 15 and Danielle Stewart added 13. Soos also had five aces.
SBCC overcame deficits of 21-17 and 23-21 to capture the third set.
“We’ve been playing together as a team,” noted coach Ed Gover. “We’ve been playing scrappy defense with a great attitude.”
The Vaqueros will take on Saddleback on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the first round of the eight-team L.A. Pierce Tournament in Woodland Hills.
Friday, Sept. 24 -- L.A. Pierce Tournament, Woodland Hills: SBCC vs. Saddleback, 6:30 p.m. SBCC def. Saddleback 3-1 Record: 8-3
Porter gets double-double in 3-1 win
She has 15 kills, 22 digs in sixth straight victory
Allyson Porter recorded 15 kills and 22 digs Friday night as SBCC rallied to beat Saddleback 3-1 in the first round of the L.A. Pierce Tournament in Woodland Hills.
Antonia Antes had 13 kills and hit .387 in the 20-25, 28-26, 25-21, 25-18 triumph. It was the sixth straight win for the Vaqueros (8-3), who are ranked 18th in the state.
Nicole Bergmann added eight kills while Kelsey Soos had four aces and 45 assists. Danielle Stewart made 17 digs and Piper Obradovich had nine.
The Vaqueros will take on No. 5 Pasadena in the semifinals on Saturday at 11 a.m. Pasadena beat SBCC 3-1 in the second match of the year.
Saturday, Sept. 25 -- L.A. Pierce Tournament, Woodland Hills: Semifinal -- No. 18 SBCC vs. No. 5 Pasadena, 11 a.m. Pasadena def. SBCC 3-2 ..... 3rd-place match -- SBCC vs. Golden West, 7 p.m. SBCC def. Golden West 3-1 Record: 9-4
Vaqueros top Golden West for third
Soos named to all-tournament team
Setter Kelsey Soos made the all-tournament team for SBCC, which took third place in the L.A. Pierce Tournament.
The 18th-ranked Vaqueros (9-4) downed Golden West in the third-place match 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19) behind a 17-kill, 18-dig performance by Allyson Porter. Antonia Antes had 14 kills and Jenn Waddill collected 13.
Hillary Tomas had 18 digs and Danielle Stewart added 13 in the Vaqueros' second win over the Rustlers this year.
“Kelsey did a great job of setting, serving and getting the ball to the right hitters,” said coach Ed Gover. “Our serving was the best I’ve seen in a long time.”
On Saturday morning, the Vaqueros had their six-match win streak halted by No. 5 Pasadena. The Lancers prevailed 3-2 (25-18, 16-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-4).
Porter had 12 kills and 13 digs, Antes had 11 kills and Waddill 10. Soos had a career-best 18 digs and 45 assists. Tomas, the libero, added 13 digs.
fter playing their first 13 matches on the road, the Vaqueros will make their home debut on Tuesday against Bakersfield at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 28 (home opener) -- Bakersfield at SBCC, 6 p.m. SBCC def. Bakersfield 3-0 Record: 10-4
Vaqueros sweep home opener
Waddill has 13 kills, hits .706 in win over Bakersfield
Someone jokingly told Jenn Waddill that her SBCC women‘s volleyball team should drive to Ventura and back just to make it
feel like another road match prior to Tuesday‘s home opener in the Sports Pavilion.
The Vaqueros opted to remain on campus and proceeded to sweep Bakersfield 25-11, 25-18, 25-19 for their eighth win in nine outings. Santa Barbara (10-4) spent the first month on the road, playing 13 away matches.
Waddill, a 6-1 sophomore middle blocker from San Marcos High, had 13 kills and three blocks while hitting a sterling .706.
“It felt so good to finally play at home,” said Waddill. “We played really well as a team. We’re finally coming together as one and pushing forward together.”
Allyson Porter had 11 kills and 19 digs, Antonia Antes had 10 kills and 10 digs, and Arianna Kamp notched six kills with a .500 hitting percentage. Nicole Bergmann, who also patrols the middle, had four kills and hit .800.
Hillary Tomas had 12 digs and libero Piper Obradovich added 10.
“It was a solid team effort,” said coach Ed Gover. “Kelsey (Soos, the setter) moved the ball around and ran the middles beautifully. When you hit .800 and .706 in the middle, that’s awesome.“
The Vaqueros jumped out to a 12-6 lead in the first set and Tatiana Aquiline capped the 25-11 win with a kill from the left side. They closed out set No. 2 with an 8-2 run and Waddill ended the 25-18 decision with a block.
In the third set, SBCC overcame deficits of 9-5 and 12-9. The home team took the lead for good at 15-14 on a kill by Porter. The Renegades (6-5) got within one at 18-17 before Waddill sparked a match-ending 7-2 spurt and secured the victory with a kill in the middle.
Friday, Oct. 1 -- SBCC at Citrus, Glendora, 6 p.m. SBCC def. Citrus 3-0 Record: 11-4
No. 10 Vaqueros sweep Citrus
Mathews, Aquiline provide spark off bench
Setter Mariah Mathews and Tatiana Aquiline provided a boost off the bench Friday night as SBCC swept past Citrus 25-13, 25-17, 25-14 in a women’s volleyball match at Glendora.
Allyson Porter had 14 kills, Nicole Bergmann had 10 and Shereka Thomas seven. Bergmann hit a sizzling .714 and Thomas turned in a .462 percentage in the third straight win by the 10th-ranked Vaqueros (11-4).
Piper Obradovich had 11 digs for SBCC, which has won nine of its last 10. Mathews had 10 assists and Aquiline converted two of three kills.
“It was another great team effort and everybody got playing time,” said coach Ed Gover. “Mariah and Tatiana were superb off the bench.”
The Vaqueros will take the next 11 days off before returning to action in their WSC North opener on Oct. 12 at home against Ventura.
Tuesday, Oct. 12 -- Ventura at SBCC, 7 p.m. SBCC def. Ventura 3-0 Records: 12-4, 1-0 WSC North
Vaqueros sweep past Ventura
Obradovich has season-best 23 digs
Piper Obradovich had a season-high 23 digs Tuesday night, helping SBCC to a 3-0 women’s volleyball sweep of Ventura in the WSC North opener at the Sports Pavilion. The scores were 25-20, 25-20, 25-12.
Obradovich, a freshman libero from Laguna Beach, is the daughter of former USC star and beach volleyball legend Steve Obradovich.
It was the first match in 11 days and just the second home match for the 10th-ranked Vaqueros (12-4, 1-0), who’ve won four straight overall and 18 of 19 at home.
Allyson Porter had 13 kills and 13 digs while hitting .324. Antonia Antes had nine kills and Jenn Waddill patrolled the middle with six kills and a .375 percentage.
Danielle Stewart served three aces and had a six-point run early in the third set as her team jumped ahead 10-3.
“The chemistry got better in the second and third games,” said sophomore setter Kelsey Soos, who had 33 assists and two kills. “Jenn did a really good job of blocking and our passing was better, which makes my life a lot easier.”
Hillary Tomas added 12 digs for SBCC, which battled to win the first set, then built leads of 20-10 and 20-9 in the last two sets.
“We knew Ventura is a scrappy team,” said coach Ed Gover. “They play great defense and balls don’t drop easily. We had to take the second and third swings before we got the ball down.
“We did a great job of terminating points on the third swing.”
Friday, Oct. 15 -- Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m. No. 10 SBCC def. Cuesta 3-0 Records: 13-4, 2-0 WSC North
Vaqueros notch fifth straight win
Soos has four aces in fourth consecutive sweep
Sophomore setter Kelsey Soos had 30 assists, 10 digs and four aces on Friday night to guide SBCC to a 25-20, 25-14, 25-15
women’s volleyball sweep of Cuesta at the Sports Pavilion.
Antonia Antes contributed 11 kills, 10 digs, two aces and a .435 hitting percentage for the Vaqueros (13-4, 2-0 WSC), who recorded their fifth straight win and fourth sweep in a row.
SBCC, ranked 10th in the state, is 3-0 at home this year and has won 19 of its last 20 home matches.
Allyson Porter had 12 kills and hit .375 while Jenn Waddill and Nicole Bergmann combined for 10 kills and hit over .525 in the middle.
The Vaqueros jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set, 10-4 in the second and 9-0 in the third but Cuesta rallied each time. There were four ties in the first set before Soos served the last four points with aces on the last two.
“Cuesta is a very disciplined team that plays hard,” said coach Ed Gover. “In volleyball, leads can evaporate quickly. You just have to be steady through that and make sure you’re ready for your run.”
The Vaqueros built a 21-10 lead in the second set on a kill by Waddill and a block from Bergmann.
“We’ve been working really hard on reading the setter and reading where the middle’s going,” said Bergmann, a 6-foot sophomore from Nordhoff High. “When we do it right, we just clamp on it.”
Tuesday, Oct. 19 -- SBCC at Oxnard, 7 p.m. No. 10 SBCC def. Oxnard 3-0 Records: 14-4, 3-0
Mathews sets up sixth win in a row
She steps in for Soos in sweep at Oxnard
Freshman Mariah Mathews made her first college start on Tuesday night and 10th-ranked SBCC didn’t miss a beat in a 25-21,
25-14, 25-19 women’s volleyball sweep at Oxnard.
Mathews, a 5-7 setter from Angels Camp, Calif., was filling in for Kelsey Soos, who missed the WSC North match with an injury. The Vaqueros (14-4, 3-0) posted their sixth straight win and fifth consecutive sweep.
Piper Obradovich had 18 digs with Hillary Tomas collecting 13 and Allyson Porter eight. Jenn Waddill had a .500 hitting percentage, Nicole Bergmann .333 and Antonia Antes .300.
Friday, Oct. 22 -- SBCC at Moorpark, 7 p.m. Moorpark def. SBCC 3-2 Records: 14-5, 3-1
Moorpark tops Vaqueros 3-2
Porter has 17 kills, 17 digs in first WSC loss
Already playing without its starting setter, SBCC lost its libero to injury in the second set on Friday night and Moorpark
rallied for a 3-2 women’s volleyball victory at Moorpark. The scores were 25-23, 22-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-6.
The Raiders (9-6, 4-0) took sole possession of first place in the WSC North by snapping a six-match win streak by the 10th-ranked Vaqueros (14-5, 3-1).
Allyson Porter had 17 kills and 17 digs while Antonia Antes had 12 kills and Hanna Powers contributed 10 digs.
Sophomore setter Kelsey Soos missed her second straight match with an injury and libero Piper Obradovich was hurt in the second set and never returned.
“Their middle blocker, Karissa (Flack), got hot and we couldn’t stop her,” said SBCC coach Ed Gover. “When you lose your libero and your starting setter, you’re at a real disadvantage.
“Mariah Mathews (the backup setter) set a good match and we tried our hardest, but it’s tough to beat a good team like Moorpark on the road.”
The Vaqueros will complete the first round of WSC play on Tuesday when they host Hancock at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 26 -- Hancock at SBCC, 7 p.m. SBCC def. Hancock 3-1 Records: 15-5, 4-1 WSC North
Porter has 30 digs in home victory
Vaqueros rally past Hancock 3-1
Allyson Porter had 17 kills and a season-high 30 digs on Tuesday night, sparking SBCC to a 3-1 comeback victory over Hancock.
The scores of the women’s volleyball match at the Sports Pavilion were 22-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-19.
Antonia Antes had 14 kills and Danielle Stewart and Jenn Waddill contributed seven apiece for the 10th-ranked Vaqueros (15-5, 4-1). Hanna Powers added 22 digs and Hillary Tomas had 20. Nicole Bergmann recorded four blocks.
Mariah Mathews had 48 assists for SBCC, which has won seven of its last eight matches.
“We rallied together and played as a team,” said coach Ed Gover. “We got some key sideouts from Allyson and Antonio when we need them and some key blocks from Nicole.”
The Vaqueros will open the second round of WSC play on Tuesday at Ventura.
Tuesday, Nov. 2 -- SBCC at Ventura, 7 p.m. No. 13 SBCC def. Ventura 3-0 Records: 16-5, 5-1 WSC
Waddill ignites Vaquero sweep
Sophomore hits .560 with four blocks
Jenn Waddill recorded nine kills with a .560 hitting percentage and four blocks on Tuesday night as No. 13 SBCC swept Ventura on the road. The scores were 25-21, 25-18, 25-20.
Allyson Porter had 13 kills and 14 digs while Antonia Antes collected nine kills on .500 hitting and also had two ace serves. Hillary Tomas had 19 digs and setter Kelsey Soos returned from injury to contribute 10 digs and two aces.
The Vaqueros improved to 16-5 overall and 5-1 in the WSC North with their second straight win and eighth in nine matches.
“Jenn played extremely well,” said coach Ed Gover. “We were very calm and steady despite having a player out with the flu. Others stepped up and got the job done.”
Thursday, Nov. 4 -- SBCC at Cuesta, San Luis Obispo, 7 p.m. SBCC def. Cuesta 3-0 Records: 17-5, 6-1 WSC North
SBCC sweeps Cuesta for third straight win
Antes, Porter post 14 kills apiece
Antonia Antes and Allyson Porter had 14 kills each on Thursday night, leading SBCC to a 25-16, 25-20, 25-21 women’s volleyball sweep at Cuesta in San Luis Obispo.
The Vaqueros, who trail WSC leader Moorpark by one game, improved to 17-5 overall and 6-1 in the WSC North with their third straight win and ninth in 10 matches. They’ve won 15 of their last 17 conference matches.
Jenn Waddill had eight kills and hit .615 while Hillary Tomas racked up 30 digs and Porter had 14. Kelsey Soos dished out 40 assists and Hanna Powers had a 2.4 passing efficiency on a scale of 3.0.
“There were a lot of rallies,” noted SBCC coach Ed Gover. “We had to be consistent with our passing and defense.”
The Vaqueros play host to Oxnard on Tuesday before taking on Moorpark in a first-place showdown on Thursday at the Sports Pavilion. Both matches start at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 9 -- Oxnard at SBCC, 7 p.m. No. 11 SBCC def. Oxnard 3-0 Records: 18-5, 7-1 WSC North
Antes sparks fourth straight victory
She has eight kills, two aces in sweep of Oxnard
Antonia Antes had eight kills, two aces and a 10-point serving run in the third set on Tuesday night as SBCC swept Oxnard
3-0 in a women‘s volleyball match at the Sports Pavilion. The scores were 25-10, 25-16, 25-18.
The Vaqueros, ranked No. 11 in the state, improved to 18-5 overall and 7-1 in the WSC North. It was the fourth straight win and third consecutive sweep for SBCC, which has a first-place showdown with Moorpark (8-0) at home on Friday at 7 p.m.
“We stepped up tonight,” said Antes, a 5-9 sophomore from Big Bear who hit .538. “We’ve been working on blocking a lot and I guess I got lucky with my serves.”
Allyson Porter had eight kills and 11 digs while Kelsey Soos had four of her team’s eight aces. Hanna Powers led with 13 digs and Hillary Tomas had 11.
The Vaqueros jumped ahead in each set -- 11-5 and 22-8 in the first, 12-4 in the second and 13-2 in the third after Antes’ 10-point serving run.
“We controlled our passing and our serving was one of the best efforts this season,” said coach Ed Gover, whose team has won 10 of its last 11. “We played with that calm intensity that we want. It was an excellent team effort.
“Antonia came out with fire in her eyes. She hit well, she passed well and her serving was the best I’ve seen all year. That ball had a lot of movement on it. It was a very good night for her.”
And what about the first-place showdown on Friday? SBCC and Moorpark tied for the WSC North title last year with 9-1 records.
“Moorpark got us in their gym (3-2) and now they have to come to our gym,” Gover stated. “It’s going to be an excellent match and our players will be ready for the challenge.”
Friday, Nov. 12 -- Moorpark at SBCC, 7 p.m. #11 SBCC def. #18 Moorpark 3-0 Records: 19-5, 8-1 WSC North (tied for 1st)
Stewart helps Vaqueros ace Moorpark
She has eight aces as SBCC moves into first place
Danielle Stewart collected a career-high eight aces on Friday night as SBCC got revenge on Moorpark in a 3-0 women’s volleyball victory at the Sports Pavilion.
The 11th-ranked Vaqueros posted a 25-17, 25-19, 25-17 sweep of the 18th-ranked Raiders, just 22 days after dropping a 3-2 decision at Moorpark.
SBCC (19-5, 8-1) moved into first place in the WSC North and handed Moorpark (13-7, 8-1) its first loss in the process. It was the fifth straight win, the fourth straight sweep and the 12th sweep of the season.
“I wasn’t surprised that we swept them,” said setter Kelsey Soos, who had 30 assists after missing the first Moorpark match with an injury. “We practiced hard all week and did our job. We beat a good team and it was awesome.“
Antonia Antes had 14 kills, Jenn Waddill had eight kills and four blocks and Arianna Kamp added eight kills for the Vaqueros, who improved to 6-0 at home this season and have won 22 of their last 23 home matches.
Allyson Porter had 24 digs and six kills and libero Piper Obradovich had 18 digs in her first match since being injured in the first set at Moorpark on Oct. 22.
Stewart, a 5-7 sophomore from Walnut Creek, confounded the Raiders with her knuckleball serves that had no spin. She served three straight aces and four in five points to stake the Vaqueros to a 10-3 lead in the third set.
“The key is just a little snap (of the wrist) and you don’t follow through,” said Stewart. “I always get nervous right before I serve but once I got the first two in, I was fine. Our passing was better than I’ve ever seen it.”
Coach Ed Gover was impressed by Stewart’s serving.
“We work a lot on our serving,“ he said. “Dani had such confidence tonight. I wouldn’t want to be on the other side of her serves.
“Beating a quality team always feels great. The fact that we’re in first place is awesome as well but watching my team play with such composure was a gift.“
SBCC completes the regular season on Tuesday at Hancock. If the Vaqueros and Moorpark both win, they’ll tie for the WSC North title for the second straight year with 9-1 records.
Tuesday, Nov. 16 -- SBCC at Hancock, 7 p.m. #10 SBCC def. Hancock 3-0 Records: 20-5, 9-1 WSC North (co-champs)
Vaqueros claim second straight WSC title
Porter has 21 kills in sixth straight win
Allyson Porter had 21 kills, 14 digs and a sterling .581 hitting percentage on Tuesday night as No. 10 SBCC swept Hancock 25-16, 25-15, 25-7 to secure a share of its second straight WSC women’s volleyball title.
Antonio Antes added 11 kills and Piper Obradovich had 22 digs for the Vaqueros (20-5, 9-1) in the regular-season finale at Santa Maria.
The victory gave SBCC back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history. The Vaqueros are 41-8 over the last two seasons.
Santa Barbara posted its sixth straight win and 12th in 13 matches. It was also the fifth straight sweep and 13th of the year.
“It was an all-around steady match,” said coach Ed Gover, whose team broke away from a 15-15 tie with 9-1 closing run in the first set. “It was a nice steady match.”
The Vaqueros will get a first-round home match in the Southern Cal Regional, which starts on Tuesday, Nov. 23.
Tuesday, Nov. 23 -- Southern Cal Regional, first round: Canyons at SBCC, 7 p.m. SBCC def. Canyons 3-0 Record: 21-5
Waddill keys sweep in playoff opener
She has 14 kills in 3-0 win over Canyons
Jenn Waddill pounded 14 kills and hit .500 Tuesday night as SBCC showed off its vast array of hitting power in the first round of the Southern Cal Regional with a 3-0 women’s volleyball sweep of Canyons.
The scores were 25-14, 25-21, 25-21. The Vaqueros (21-5) jumped ahead 12-4 in the first set and 14-4 in the third and overcame a 21-19 deficit to win the second set in the Sports Pavilion.
“We had a really good energy flow,” said Waddill, a 6-1 middle blocker who was named first-team All-WSC North on Saturday. “The passing was good, the setting was good and therefore, the hitting’s good.”
Fifth-seeded SBCC will travel to No. 4 Pasadena (21-4) on Saturday for a second-round match at 7 p.m. Pasadena beat the Vaqueros 3-1 in the second match this year and 3-2 at the Pierce Tournament in late September.
Allyson Porter had 12 kills and 10 digs and Antonia Antes added nine kills in the seventh straight win by SBCC. The last six have come by 3-0 sweeps.
The Vaqueros improved to 7-0 at home this year and have won 23 of their last 24 home matches. They scored the last six points of the second set to win 25-21 and opened the third set on a 9-1 run.
Piper Obradovich had 29 digs while setter Kelsey Soos, the MVP of the WSC North, had 14 digs and 35 assists. Soos and Porter also made the All-Southern Cal Region team.
“We played with great composure,” said 20th-year head coach Ed Gover. “Canyons is a very strong ball-control team and we were in the right spots. Piper was all over the place in the back row and picked up some very key digs.
“We got excellent setting from Kelsey Soos, especially to our right side,” he added. “They were keying on our outside hitters and she reversed the ball several times. That gave the seams to the outsides later in the match.”
Waddill thinks her team can go a long way.
“I think we can win the state,” she declared. “We’re only going to get better. The better we get, the farther we’ll go.”
The Vaqueros received a boost in their last couple of matches after Armen Zakarian, the new men’s head coach, joined the bench as an assistant.
“Pasadena has some very good players,” said Gover. “We lost to them in four early and then in five games. Now, we get to play them again and we know them a little better so I think it‘s going to be a great, great match.”
Saturday, Nov. 27 -- Southern Cal Regional, second round: SBCC (5th seed) at Pasadena (4), 7 p.m. Pasadena def. SBCC 3-2 Record: 21-6
Pasadena rallies to beat Vaqueros 3-2
Porter has 20 kills, 16 digs in playoff loss
After dominating the first set and rallying to win the second, SBCC lost its hitting touch on Saturday night and Pasadena
took advantage to beat the Vaqueros 3-2 in the Southern Cal Regional women’s volleyball playoffs at Hutto-Patterson Gym in
The fourth-seeded Lancers (22-4) won the second-round match 17-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21, 15-13. It was their third win over the Vaqueros this season and second 3-2 decision.
SBCC had its seven-match win streak snapped and finishes with a 21-6 record. It was the second straight 21-win season for the Vaqueros, who’ve won two straight WSC North titles and are 42-9 the last two years.
Sophomore Allyson Porter led Santa Barbara with 20 kills and 16 digs and Antonia Antes had 15 kills. Piper Obradovich dug 15 balls and WSC MVP Kelsey Soos had 42 assists, 11 digs and three aces. Danielle Stewart produced four aces.
After hitting .346 in the first set, the Vaqueros dropped to a .066 clip in the last four sets, including minus .067 in the fifth.
“Pasadena is a high-quality team, ranked seventh in the state, and it’s never easy,” said Ed Gover, after completing his 21st season as head coach. “They changed their lineup which helped them in Game 3. We battled but we made a couple of errors at key times.
“They have a very good outside hitter, No. 10 (Aliyyah Abdullah), and you saw her on the last play of the match, that’s why they’re such a high-level team. She did it to us in Game 5 last time we played them.”
Pasadena had 15 team blocks compared to two for the Vaqueros. Kirsten Taylor led the Lancers with 12 kills and a .333 hitting percentage.
“They’re a big team and it‘s hard to get it by ‘em,” said Gover.
The Vaqueros jumped out to leads of 5-0 and 16-8 in the first set before winning 25-17. They overcame a 19-15 deficit in the second set with a 9-2 run and Jenn Waddill closed out the 25-23 triumph with a kill.
The Lancers dominated the third set and then rallied after falling behind 17-13 and 20-18 in the fourth set. The Vaqueros led 6-3 in the fifth set but PCC took a 10-9 advantage and never looked back.
“I’m bummed,” said Soos, a former Santa Ynez High standout who started the last two years at setter. “After we won the first two games, maybe we thought it would get easier in Game 3 but it didn’t. Our confidence came down after that. We tried to fight back and we were so close.
“More than anything I’m sad that it’s done for our team. … It was a great season and everyone became best friends and that’s awesome.”