2011 Match Stories
By Dave Loveton, sports information
Tuesday, Nov. 22 -- Southern Cal Regional: SBCC at El Camino, 6 p.m. #2 El Camino def. #15 SBCC 3-1 Final record: 13-11
Vaqueros drop playoff opener
They play tough in 3-1 loss at No. 2 El Camino
SBCC turned in one of its better performances of the year but still came up short in the opening round of the Southern Cal Regional at No. 2 seed El Camino in Torrance. The Warriors won 3-1 (25-17, 17-25, 25-17, 25-22).
Freshman Emily Banas had 12 kills, 10 digs and two blocks. Heidi Van Den Oever added 10 kills and an ace. Bianca Castro contributed six kills and four blocks for the 15th-seeded Vaqueros, who finish with a 13-11 record.
“This was one of our best matches, we played great defense and we were strong in blocking and serving,” said assistant coach Armen Zakarian. “We had a little trouble passing in the first set but we came out on fire in the second set.”
Rachel Stehly had three kills, two blocks and two aces. Mackenzie Mexico had 15 digs and Mariah Mathews handed out 38 assists.
The match was tied 19 times and the lead changed hands seven times. It was the 15th straight win for El Camino (22-2), the state’s fourth-ranked team.
“It was a tough way to end the season but we’ll be back strong again next year,” said Zakarian.
Thursday, Nov. 17 -- SBCC at Moorpark, 7 p.m. #10 Moorpark def. #24 SBCC 3-0 Records: 13-10, 10-2
Moorpark sweeps Vaqueros
They finish 2nd in WSC at 10-2
Moorpark completed a perfect WSC campaign with a 3-0 women’s volleyball sweep of
SBCC on Thursday night at Moorpark. The scores were 25-13, 25-14, 25-17.
The 10th-ranked Raiders (20-3, 12-0) didn’t lose a set in WSC North play, going 36-0. The No. 24 Vaqueros (13-10, 10-2) had their five-match win streak halted. SBCC finished second in conference.
Emily Banas had nine kills, Rachel Stehly seven and Heidi Van Den Oever five for Santa Barbara, which still hopes to get an at-large berth to the Southern Cal Regional that starts on Tuesday.
“We didn’t do well serving or passing,” said coach Ed Gover. “We couldn’t get into a rhythm. Give Moorpark credit, they went through the whole conference season without losing a set.”
Tuesday, Nov. 15 -- Hancock at SBCC, 7 p.m. #24 SBCC def. Hancock 3-0 Records: 13-9, 10-1
Banas sparks Vaquero sweep
She has 14 kills on Sophomore Night
Freshman Emily Banas had 14 kills and an ace on Tuesday night as SBCC swept Hancock 25-13, 25-20, 25-12 in its women’s volleyball home finale.
Mackenzie Mexico had five aces and five digs and Melissa Luke added five digs for the 24th-ranked Vaqueros, who won for the fifth straight time to improve to 13-9 overall and 10-1 in the WSC North.
All five of Mexico’s aces came during a 10-0 run in the opening set that stretched the lead to 14-4.
It was Sophomore Night for setter Mariah Mathews and outside hitters Heidi Van Den Oever and Ari Kamp. SBCC rallied from a 14-11 deficit in the second set and won it 25-20 on an off-speed dink by Kamp.
“It’s crazy that this is my last home match,” said Mathews, who had four digs. “It hasn’t set in yet. We played really well, considering we were missing one of our middles.”
Bianca Castro missed the match due to illness and Van Den Oever moved from the outside to middle hitter. She had two stuff blocks to cap off the first set and a kill late in the third set boosted the lead to 20-9.
“I was trying to distribute the ball everywhere tonight, not just to the outside,” said Mathews.
The Vaqueros close the regular season with a first-place showdown at unbeaten Moorpark on Thursday. SBCC and Moorpark have shared the last two WSC titles.
“Ari played steady, Heidi stepped it up and Mariah did a great job setting,” said coach Ed Gover. “Mariah played superb defense.
“Playing at Moorpark is a great opportunity for our girls to go in fired up. Everything’s going to be on the line and it‘s going to be total fun. You can’t ask for a better ending.”
Wednesday, Nov. 9 -- SBCC at L.A. Mission, 7 p.m. #24 SBCC def. Mission 3-0 Records: 12-9, 9-1 WSC North
Vaqueros notch 4th straight win
Banas has 16 kills in sweep at L.A. Mission
Emily Banas recorded 16 kills on Wednesday and Heidi Van Den Oever had 13 as SBCC swept L.A. Mission 25-9, 25-21, 25-15 in a WSC North match at Sylmar.
It was the fourth straight win and 10th in 11 matches for the Vaqueros (12-9, 9-1), who are ranked No. 15 in Southern Cal. Santa Barbara rallied from deficits of 5-1 and 14-10 in the second set.
Rachel Stehly collected five kills while Bianca Castro, the No. 7 hitter in the conference at .331, added four kills and five blocks. Mariah Mathews had 38 assists and Mackenzie Mexico dug 10 balls.
“We played very well,” said assistant coach Armen Zakarian. “They had a minor injury in the middle and we really took advantage to hit for a high percentage.”
Friday, Nov. 4 -- Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m. #22 SBCC def. Cuesta 3-1 Records: 11-9, 8-1 WSC
Banas bangs 22 kills in 3-1 win
Van Den Oever sparks late rally
Freshman Emily Banas had 22 kills on Friday night and Heidi Van Den Oever scored four of the last five points in SBCC’s 3-1win over Cuesta at the Sports Pavilion. The scores were 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23.
Banas, a freshman from San Pedro, had just one error in 47 attempts for a .485 percentage. The second-place Vaqueros (11-9) boosted their WSC record to 8-1. They’re 6-2 at home this year and 30-3 in their last 33 after beating the third-place Cougars (10-7, 6-3).
Santa Barbara built a 16-11 lead in the fourth set, then the visitors went on a 10-2 run to take a 21-18 lead. The Vaqueros trailed 22-19 before Van Den Oever got hot with four kills, including the final two to close out the match.
“I was having a tough time getting into everything and I just had to focus,” said Van Den Oever, a former Laguna Blanca standout. “Armen (Zakarian) told me I needed to step it up and be a leader out there.”
Zakarian, the assistant coach, said he called out Van Den Oever after the second set.
“We told her she’s one of our big three (for kills) and when we’re missing her, it makes it really difficult,” he said. “When she starts hitting and she’s on fire, there’s not a lot of teams that can stop her.”
Katie Dolan added nine kills and four aces while Bianca Castro had five kills. The Vaqueros have won three straight and nine of their last 10.
“Cuesta is a really good team,” said Zakarian. “They only have two losses, to us and Moorpark, and they were in every game, except Game 3.”
The Vaqueros jumped ahead 8-4 in the third set and an ace by Dolan made it 16-9. Banas and Dolan pounded kills to complete the 25-18 win.
Wednesday, Nov. 2 -- SBCC at Ventura, 7 p.m. #22 SBCC def. Ventura 3-0 Records: 10-9, 7-1
Mexico, Castro spark sweep
Vaqueros improve to 7-1 in WSC North
Mackenzie Mexico turned in a sparkling performance in her debut at libero Wednesday night and middle hitter Bianca Castro had 13 kills with no errors as No. 22 SBCC posted a 25-21, 25-15, 25-15 sweep in a WSC North match at Ventura.
It was the eighth win in nine matches for the second-place Vaqueros (10-9, 7-1), who are ranked 13th in Southern Cal.
Mexico, a freshman from Santa Ynez High, led the team with 15 digs. Emily Banas had eight kills while Heidi Van Den Oever and Rachel Stehly contributed four apiece. Mariah Mathews had 30 assists.
“Mackenzie was outstanding with her passing and defense,” said assistant coach Armen Zakarian. “That helped set up our middle attack. Our serve-receive was great and we did a good job of siding out.”
Friday, Oct. 28 -- Oxnard at SBCC, 7 p.m. #22 SBCC def. Oxnard 3-1 Records: 9-9, 6-1
Vaqueros come up aces
They pound season-best 24 in 3-1 win
It was raining aces on Friday night in the Sports Pavilion as SBCC rallied for a 3-1 victory over Oxnard. The scores were 19-25, 25-10, 25-10, 25-13.
The 22nd-ranked Vaqueros (9-9, 6-1 WSC North) had a season-high 24 ace serves. Katie Dolan, making her service debut, had five aces as did Erika Bellitt. Arianna Kamp had four while Rachel Stehly and setter Mariah Mathews added three apiece.
Dolan, a 5-8 opposite hitter, normally subs out for the libero (defensive specialist) when its her turn to serve but her jump serve was effective on Friday.
The Vaqueros led 8-2 and 17-14 in the first set before the Condors (2-10, 1-6) took control with a 7-0 run.
“We tried a new lineup in the first game and we didn’t respond as well as we should have,” said Kamp, a sophomore opposite from Bozeman, Montana. “We got back in the groove in the last three games. We’ve been working on our float serves all week.”
Emily Banas had nine kills, Heidi Van Den Oever had seven and middle hitter Bianca Castro contributed five.
“In order to develop our team for the rest of the season, we have to do something different,” noted assistant coach Armen Zakarian. “We wanted to put more players in the lineup. We didn‘t make too many mindful decisions in the first set.
“We went back to our regular rotation and held them to 20 points in the next two sets.”
The Vaqueros jumped ahead 8-2 and 20-5 in the second set, thanks in part to nine aces. Bellitt had four of her five aces in the set. They led 8-2 and 20-6 in the third set and 12-5 and 19-8 in the fourth.
“We wanted to go to our middles as much as possible and we got some great swings,” said Zakarian. “That’s what we were lacking against Moorpark.”
Wednesday, Oct. 26 -- Moorpark at SBCC, 7 p.m. #10 Moorpark def. #22 SBCC 3-0 Records: 8-9, 5-1
Vaqueros fall in first-place battle
Van Den Oever has 13 kills
SBCC suffered a rare home loss on Wednesday night, dropping a 3-0 decision to No.10
Moorpark in a battle of unbeaten WSC teams. The scores were 25-19, 26-24, 25-17.
“We were up for the challenge,” said coach Ed Gover, “but we didn’t pass at a high level and we didn’t serve at a high level. Our offense played great, our attack at the pins was one of our best all year.
“If we had just served and passed a little better, it would have been a closer match.”
Freshman Heidi Van Den Oever led the 22nd-ranked Vaqueros (8-9, 5-1 WSC North) with 13 kills and Emily Banas had 11. Karissa Flack topped Moorpark (14-3, 6-0) with 14 kills and a .448 hitting percentage.
It was just the third loss in the last 31 home matches for Santa Barbara. Two of those setbacks have come to Moorpark.
The second set was tight down the stretch with SBCC tying it at 21 and 23. Each time, however, the Vaqueros served out to put the Raiders back on top. Flack capped the overtime win with a flick kill to the middle.
“That team was ready to break and Heidi got a big kill to tie it at 23,” said Gover. “Her adrenalin was pumping and her serve sailed long.”
It was the ninth straight win for Moorpark and its eighth consecutive sweep. SBCC, which hadn’t lost since Sept. 28, had its six-match win streak snapped.
“This was a good test for us against a very good team,” said Gover. “We battled all night. We know what to work on -- our passing and serving.
“Normally, we‘re strong in the middle but our passing was off and that kept us from running the middle.”
Friday, Oct. 21 -- SBCC at Hancock, 7 p.m. #24 SBCC def. Hancock 3-0 Records: 8-8, 5-0 WSC
Banas paces sweep at Hancock
She has 11 kills, 2 aces in sixth straight win
Emily Banas notched 11 kills and two aces Friday night as SBCC swept Hancock 25-17, 25-15, 25-14 in a WSC North match at Santa Maria.
Heidi Van Den Oever had 10 kills and Bianca Castro added seven for the Vaqueros, who won their sixth straight to even their record at .500 (8-8) for the first time this season. Santa Barbara improved to 5-0 in the WSC North and set up a first-place showdown with Moorpark (5-0) on Wednesday night at home.
Melissa Luke and Arianna Kamp each had two aces and played solid on defense, according to assistant coach Armen Zakarian.
Mackenzie Mexico, a freshman from Santa Ynez High, made her first start at defensive specialist and had a strong passing night.
Friday, Oct. 14 -- L.A. Mission at SBCC, 7 p.m. #24 SBCC def. L.A. Mission 3-0 Records: 7-8, 4-0
Stehly sparks fifth straight win
She has 4 blocks, 3 aces in sweep
Rachel Stehly did a little of everything on Friday night with five kills, four blocks
and three ace serves in a 25-19, 25-23, 25-13 sweep of L.A. Mission at the Sports
Emily Banas had 12 kills and Heidi Van Den Oever contributed eight for the 24th-ranked Vaqueros, who won their fifth straight to improve to 7-8 overall and 4-0 in the WSC North.
Katie Dolan added four kills and Mariah Mathews had 27 assists for SBCC, which has won 28 of its last 30 at home.
“We’ve been working on our serve-receive this entire season and we’re getting better, slowly but surely,” said assistant coach Armen Zakarian. “We faced a good Mission team that’s a first-year program. They have a very similar system to the one we play. They did a good job of taking our middles out of the equation.
“Luckily, our outsides, Emily and Heidi, came through for us.”
The Vaqueros built a 19-10 lead in the first set and prevailed 25-19 on a kill by Van Den Oever, a former Laguna Blanca standout. The Eagles (3-6, 1-2) erased a 17-10 deficit in the second set and tied it at 22-all. The Vaqueros won it with three straight points, capped by a kill from Banas.
Melissa Luke had two aces during a 6-0 serving run in the third set that gave SBCC a commanding 14-4 advantage. Bianca Castro had two straight blocks to make it 19-8. Stehly, a 6-foot freshman, closed out the sweep with a block on match point.
“Give credit to L.A. Mission, they served tough but we were beating ourselves,” Zakarian added. “We needed to pass a little better. We’re building good leads by working hard and then we’re giving them right back. We need to clean that up.”
Wednesday, Oct. 12 -- SBCC at Cuesta, 7 p.m. #24 SBCC def. Cuesta 3-1 Records: 6-8, 3-0
Vaqueros rally past Cuesta 3-1
Banas, Castro combine for 24 kills
Emily Banas pounded 13 kills and 15 digs on Wednesday and Bianca Castro added 11 kills as SBCC rallied for a 3-1 victory over Cuesta in San Luis Obispo. The scores were 17-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-18.
Heidi Van Den Oever contributed eight kills and Rachel Stehly had six. Setter Mariah Mathews recorded 38 assists in the fourth straight win for the Vaqueros (6-8, 3-0), who are ranked 15th in Southern Cal and 24th in the state.
It was the first WSC North loss for Cuesta (6-5, 2-1).
“Our passing was a little shaky at the start,” said SBCC assistant coach Armen Zakarian. “We told them to weather the storm and we made some key adjustments that turned things around.
“Melissa Luke had double-digit digs and really steadied us in the back row. This was a big road win against an unbeaten conference team.”
Friday, Oct. 7 -- Ventura at SBCC, 7 p.m. #25 SBCC def. Ventura 3-0 Records: 5-8, 2-0
Castro, Banas spark third straight win
Vaqueros sweep Ventura at home
Bianca Castro pounded 12 kills and Emily Banas had eight kills and six aces in Friday’s 3-0 sweep of Ventura in the Sports Pavilion. The scores were 25-16, 25-13, 25-11.
“I’ve been working on my serve in practice,” said Banas, who had an 11-0 service run in the third set that stretched the lead to 15-2. “I’m serving tougher than I usually do.”
Heidi Van Den Oever added eight kills for the 25th-ranked Vaqueros, who won their third straight to improve to 5-8 overall and 2-0 in the WSC North. Santa Barbara has won 27 of its last 29 at home. Katy Dolan contributed four kills.
Ventura is 0-13 and 0-2.
Melissa Luke had 10 digs and three aces for SBCC, which used an 8-1 run to break open a 17-15 game in the first set. The second set ended with a 9-0 Vaquero burst, highlighted by a pair of aces from Luke.
They led 16-2 and 20-5 in the third set. Van Den Oever capped the 25-11 triumph with a cut shot to the right frontcourt.
“Our setting was a ton better tonight,” said assistant coach Armen Zakarian. “Our passing still needs some work. Our two jump float-servers, Emily and Melissa, were really effective.”
The Vaqueros had 12 aces in Wednesday’s win at Oxnard and 10 more on Friday.
“One thing I’m most proud of is our hitting,“ Zakarian added. “We’re hitting the ball smart and we’re not making dumb errors. We had a good balanced attack and that‘s absolutely what you want as a coach.”
Wednesday, Oct. 5 -- SBCC at Oxnard, 7 p.m. #25 SBCC def. Oxnard 3-0 Records: 4-8, 1-0 WSC North
Vaqueros sweep in WSC debut
Banas has 12 kills, 3 aces at Oxnard
Emily Banas notched 12 kills and three aces on Wednesday, leading SBCC to a 3-0 sweep in its WSC North opener at Oxnard. Bianca Castro had 10 kills and Heidi Van Den Oever added seven kills and three aces in the 25-18, 25-19, 25-13 triumph.
It was the first sweep of the year for the 25th-ranked Vaqueros (4-8, 1-0), who‘ve shared the last two WSC titles. Rachel Stehly had two of her team‘s 12 service aces.
“Our serving was pretty good and our passing was great,” said assistant coach Armen Zakarian. “We played everyone and our three setters got a lot of action.”
Friday, Sept. 30 -- Citrus at SBCC, 6 p.m. #25 SBCC def. Citrus 3-1 Record: 3-8
Banas keys 3-1 Vaquero victory
She has 17 kills, 30 digs in win over Citrus
Emily Banas had seven of her 17 kills in the fourth set Friday night as SBCC overcame a 20-15 deficit to beat Citrus 26-24 and capture its final nonconference match 3-1 at the Sports Pavilion. The scores were 25-19, 18-25, 25-16, 26-24.
Banas also shined on defense with 30 digs. Heidi Van Den Oever had 15 kills and Bianca Castro added eight with no errors for a .470 hitting percentage. Libero Melissa Luke had a match-high 33 digs.
Santa Barbara, ranked No. 25 in California, improved to 3-8. The Vaqueros have won 26 of their last 28 at home.
“We played with a lot of effort and consistency, which got us the win,” said Banas, a 5-8 freshman from San Pedro. “We have a new libero and back row and things are starting to come together.”
SBCC closed the first set on a 9-3 run, capped by a dump shot from setter Mariah Mathews. The Vaqueros jumped ahead 17-8 in the third set and capped the 25-16 win on a roof by Rachel Stehley and a kill by Arianna Kamp down the line.
Citrus (7-5) fought off two match points to tie the fourth set at 24. Banas drilled a shot through the block and Castro ended it on a quick attack in the middle.
“We tried to make things simple and we started out great,” said assistant coach Armen Zakarian. “Emily served a bunch of points in that third set and helped us go ahead 9-3.
“In the fourth set, we took our last timeout trailing 20-15 and told them we were playing not to lose instead of playing to win. They took that to heart and all of a sudden, we flipped the switch and started serving a little tougher and passing a little better.
“Emily is a feisty player. She can put the ball down and knows how to hit around the block or through the block.”
Wednesday, Sept. 28 -- SBCC at Bakersfield, 6 p.m. #22 Bakersfield def. #25 SBCC 3-0 Record: 2-8
Vaqueros fall at No. 22 Bakersfield
Castro has seven blocks
SBCC ran into another ranked team on Wednesday night and dropped a 25-16, 25-20, 25-14 decision at Bakersfield.
The Renegades, rated No. 22 in California, improved to 6-4 while the 25th-ranked Vaqueros fell to 2-8. Seven of the losses have been to teams ranked in the top 22.
Bianca Castro recorded seven blocks and four kills. Emily Banas led in kills with nine and Heidi Van Den Oever added eight.
“We were trying a new lineup,” said coach Ed Gover. “We looked good at times but its going to take some time. Playing Bakersfield in Bakersfield is always tough.”.
Saturday, Sept. 24 -- L.A. Pierce Invitational: #1 L.A. Pierce def. SBCC 3-0; 3rd place -- #5 Pasadena def. SBCC 3-0 Record: 2-7
Vaqueros take fourth in Pierce tourney
SBCC dropped a pair of matches to top-ranked teams on Saturday and finished fourth
in the eight-team L.A. Pierce Brahma Invitational at Woodland Hills.
L.A. Pierce lived up to its top-ranked billing by sweeping the Vaqueros 25-11, 25-16, 25-15 in the semifinals. Pierce, the defending state champ, swept Golden West in the final to improve to 13-0.
In the third-place match, No. 5 Pasadena downed the Vaqueros for the second time this year 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-21). Santa Barbara (2-7) has lost to five teams ranked in the top eight in the state.
Emily Banas led SBCC with five kills against Pierce and Bianca Castro collected six vs. Pasadena.
“Pierce is by far the No. 1 team in the state,” said coach Ed Gover. “They’re several levels above everyone else. In the Pasadena match, we had too many hitting errors.”
Friday, Sept. 23 -- L.A. Pierce Invitational: SBCC vs. Palomar, 4 p.m. SBCC def. Palomar 3-2 Record: 2-5
Vaqueros rally past Palomar in five
Van Den Oever pounds 24 kills at Pierce tourney
Heidi Van Den Oever had 24 kills Friday night as SBCC rallied for a 3-2 women's volleyball victory over Palomar in the first round of the L.A. Pierce Invitational at Woodland Hills. The scores were 18-25, 25-18, 20-25, 25-23, 15-11.
Emily Banas added 14 kills and Mariah Mathews had more than 40 assists for the Vaqueros (2-5), who won their second straight match. SBCC will meet Pierce in Saturday's semifinals at 2 p.m. The third-place match is set for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the championship at 7 p.m.
“It was a see-saw battle,” said coach Ed Gover. “We played great defense in the fourth set. Both teams had rocky starts in the fifth, then we got hot.”
The Vaqueros built a 12-4 lead in the fifth set.
“Mariah played really well and Bianca (Castro) had some key blocks,” Gover added.
Saturday, Sept. 17 -- SBCC Quad: Golden West def. SBCC 3-0; SBCC def. Fullerton 3-1 Record: 1-5
Banas sparks Vaqueros to first win
She has 25 kills, 34 digs in two matches
Emily Banas recorded 16 kills and 17 digs on Saturday afternoon as SBCC downed Fullerton
3-1 at the SBCC Quad for its first women’s volleyball triumph of the season. The scores
were 25-18, 25-20, 19-25, 25-11.
Heidi Van Den Oever had 14 kills and 11 digs and Arianna Kamp also had a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs for the Vaqueros (1-5). Mariah Mathews handed out 38 assists. Bianca Castro contributed five kills and four blocks.
“It feels great to get our first win,” said coach Ed Gover. “We settled down in the afternoon and played with heart and composure.”
SBCC dropped its morning match to Golden West 25-15, 25-23, 25-10. Banas, a freshman from San Pedro, had nine kills and 17 digs. Kamp added four kills and 14 digs while Van Den Oever had four kills and 11 digs. Castro had four blocks and Erika Bellitt notched four aces and nine digs.
The SBCC Quad pitted the Western State Conference against the Orange Empire Conference. In other matches, Fullerton def. Cuesta 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-23) and Golden West beat Cuesta 3-0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-9).
The Vaqueros will play in the L.A. Pierce Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Friday, Sept. 9 -- El Camino Quad at Torrance: El Camino def. SBCC 3-0; Pasadena def. SBCC 3-0 Record: 0-4
Vaqueros lose two at El Camino Quad
SBCC dropped two women’s volleyball matches on Friday to a pair of powerhouse programs at the El Camino Quad. The Vaqueros fell to El Camino 25-20, 25-16, 25-23 and Pasadena 25-22, 25-10, 25-10.
Emily Banas had 12 kills and Erika Bellitt contributed 11 digs for SBCC (0-4) in the El Camino match. Heidi Van Den Oever added five kills and hit .500. In the afternoon match, Rachel Stehly had seven kills and Bianca Castro five.
“Our serving and passing were better (against El Camino) but 24 total hitting errors hurt us,” said assistant coach Armen Zakarian. “We’re still trying different lineups and dealing with injuries. We should be much better and mentally tougher as we move forward.”
Friday, August 26 -- Pasadena Tournament: SBCC vs. Cypress, 3 p.m.; SBCC vs. Glendale, 5 p.m. Cypress def. SBCC 3-0; Glendale def. SBCC 3-2 Record: 0-2
Vaqueros drop two at Pasadena Tourney
SBCC opened the season with a pair of losses at the Pasadena Tournament. The Vaqueros fell to Cypress 25-19, 25-22, 25-13 and dropped a 3-2 decision to Glendale (25-15, 25-19, 22-25, 19-25, 15-6).
Cypress finished third in last year’s state playoffs. The Vaqueros lost six of seven starters from last year’s 21-6 edition that reached the third round of the playoffs.
“With so many new faces on the court, we are a little ways away from gelling as a team,” said coach Ed Gover. “Emily Banas stood out as the top scorer in both matches.
“Cypress didn’t drop far from where they were last year and they’re a solid team. We made a nice comeback against Glendale by winning the third and fourth games.”
The Vaqueros return to action on Sept. 9 at the El Camino Quad.