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2012 Match Stories

By Dave Loveton, Sports Information


Tuesday, Nov. 20 -- SBCC at Pasadena, 6 p.m.  #5 Pasadena def. #12 SBCC 3-0   Final record: 16-7

 Vaqueros swept in Regional opener

Anderson has 11 kills in 3-0 loss at No. 5 Pasadena

 Freshman Jenna Anderson had 11 kills and four block assists on Tuesday night but SBCC couldn’t find its offensive rhythm in a 25-20, 25-19, 25-15 loss to Pasadena in the first round of the Southern Cal Regional.
 
The fifth-seeded Lancers improved to 20-4 and are 11-0 in Hutto-Patterson Gym this season. The No. 12 Vaqueros had their school-record 14-match win streak snapped and finish the year 16-7. It was their first loss in nearly nine weeks, dating back to Sept. 21.
 It was the first match in 11 days for the Vaqueros, who completed a perfect 10-0 WSC North season with a 3-1 win at Moorpark on Nov. 9.
 The Vaqueros also had their opponent switched at the last minute. They were originally scheduled to play at Orange Coast but a seeding error caused the California Community College Athletic Association to re-seed the Regional on Monday night, sending the Vaqueros to Pasadena.
 “I’m very proud of our girls and how they battled,” said coach Ed Gover. “Under the circumstances, we did what we could against a strong Pasadena squad.”
 Pasadena had nine blocks and nine aces. Nora To’omalatei led the Lancers with 13 kills and six aces.
 Sophomore Emily Banas had nine digs and Bianca Castro contributed five kills and a .333 hitting percentage for the Vaqueros, who were outhit .265 to .092.


Monday, Nov. 19

Southern Cal Regional gets
shakeup 24 hours before 1st round

Due to an error in the seeding procedure for the Southern Cal Regional women’s volleyball playoffs, the bracket was re-shuffled on Monday night, just 24 hours before Tuesday’s opening round.
 SBCC remained the No. 12 seed but will be playing at No. 5 Pasadena, instead of traveling to Orange Coast. The SBCC-Pasadena match will start at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

 The Vaqueros (16-6) are the champions of the WSC North with a 10-0 record. They won  their last 14 matches to set a new school record. Pasadena (19-4) is the co-champion of the South Coast Conference and has won 13 of its last 14.
 The teams met earlier this season with Pasadena posting a 3-0 win on Sept. 7 at the  El Camino Quad.


Sunday, Nov. 18

  Anderson, Gover get top WSC North honors

Vaqueros seeded 12th, open Regional at Orange Coast on Tuesday

 SBCC freshman Jenna Anderson was chosen as Player of the Year in the WSC North and Ed Gover has been named Coach of the Year.
 
The Vaqueros captured their third WSC North title in the last four years with a perfect 10-0 record and capped the regular-season with a school-record 14-game win streak. SBCC won 30 of 33 sets in conference play.
 Santa Barbara (16-6) was seeded 12th for the Southern Cal Regional and travels to No. 5 Orange Coast (18-2) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Pirates were the Orange Empire runner-up with a 12-2 record.
 Anderson, a 5-10 opposite from Lake Forest, Calif., also made the All-Southern Cal Region team. She led the Vaqueros in kills (118) and service aces (26). She had seven kills and nine aces at Hancock on Nov. 7, then ended the regular season on Nov. 9 with 14 kills and 16 digs at Moorpark.
 Gover, who’s in his 22nd season, won his third Coach of the Year award. He was also honored in 1997 and 2009.
 Seven other Vaqueros made the All-WSC squad.
 Freshman setter Ari Garner, sophomore middle hitter Bianca Castro and sophomore libero Mackenzie Mexico were first-team choices. Castro is No. 1 in the 13-team WSC in block assists with 50 and No. 9 in solo blocks with 12. Garner has 457 assists and Mexico has recorded 137 digs.
 Second-team honors went to sophomores Emily Banas and Katie Dolan, along with freshmen Jasmine Ward and Tessa Weller. Banas is second on the Vaqueros in kills (111) and leads the team in digs with 153.


Friday, Nov. 9 -- SBCC at Moorpark, 7 p.m.  #17 SBCC def. Moorpark 3-1  Records: 16-6, 10-0 WSC (1st place)

    Vaqueros complete 10-0 WSC campaign
Weller has season-high 20 kills; Anderson adds 14 kills, 16 digs

 Tessa Weller pounded a season-high 20 kills on Friday night and SBCC beat Moorpark 3-1 on the road to complete a perfect 10-0 WSC North campaign. The scores were 27-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-21.
 
Jenna Anderson was also outstanding with 14 kills, 16 digs and three aces. Emily Banas had a double-double (11 kills, 12 digs) for the Vaqueros, who extended their school record win streak to 14 matches.
 The 17th-ranked Vaqueros (15-6, 10-0) won their third WSC title in the last four years. It’s the second time they’ve gone unbeaten in conference, joining the 1997 squad (8-0).
 It was the sixth WSC championship for coach Ed Gover. SBCC captured 30 of 33 sets in conference play. The Vaqueros are 38-4 in conference over the last four seasons.
 Ari Garner had 56 assists and did “an amazing job of setting and getting the ball to all her hitters,” according to Gover.
 “We played like a solid team and didn’t worry about them making runs,” said Gover. “We just focused on scoring when we needed to.”
 Bianca Castro had three blocks and Gover said Katie Dolan contributed “three amazing kills at critical times..
 The playoff pairings will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 18 and SBCC, ranked 12th in Southern Cal, is likely to be on the road.
 “I’d like to complement our coaching staff -- Armen Zakarian and Steve Zelko,” Gover added. “They put together a great game plan.”


Wednesday, Nov. 7 -- SBCC at Hancock, 7 p.m.  #17 SBCC def. Hancock 3-0  Records: 15-6, 9-0 WSC North   

    Vaqueros sweep to school record
They win 13th straight, secure at least a share of WSC title

 Santa Barbara City College aced its tests on Wednesday night with a record-breaking sweep that secured at least a share of the WSC North title. The 17th-ranked Vaqueros recorded 13 aces in a 25-4, 25-16, 25-19 sweep at Hancock.
 It was the 13th straight victory, breaking the school record of 12 set by the 2009 squad. The Vaqueros (15-6, 9-0) also assured themselves of at least a tie for their third WSC title in the last four years.
The Vaqueros have won 27 of 29 sets in conference this year with seven sweeps.
 SBCC is 37-4 in conference play since 2009. Santa Barbara can complete a perfect WSC campaign and win the title outright with a victory at second-place Moorpark (7-1) on Friday in the regular-season finale.
 Freshman Jenna Anderson had seven kills and nine aces and Emily Banas added seven kills, eight digs and one ace. Katie Dolan and Jasmine Ward had four kills apiece.
 Anderson had an eight-point serving run in the first set. The Bulldogs (2-16, 0-9) played much better in the last two sets, building a 10-1 lead in set No. 3. Banas served eight consecutive points to tie it at 11.
 After the Vaqueros forged a small lead, Savannah Morton served two aces to end the match.
 “You have to realize in every match, we’re the team that people want to knock off,” said coach Ed Gover. “You have to go into each match with respect for the opponent. Our goal is always to play 2 percent better each night.”


Wednesday, Oct. 31 -- L.A. Mission at SBCC, 7 p.m.  #16 SBCC def. Mission 3-0   Records: 14-6, 8-0

   Vaqueros sweep Mission 3-0
 Anderson, Castro sparkle on Sophomore Night

 It was all treats for SBCC on Halloween Night as the Vaqueros swept L.A. Mission 25-17, 25-19, 25-8 in 63 minutes at the Sports Pavilion.
 
Freshman Jenna Anderson had 12 kills, eight digs and hit .409 as her team tied a school record with its 12th straight win. The first-place Vaqueros (14-6, 8-0 WSC North), ranked No. 11 in Southern Cal, haven’t lost in nearly six weeks.
 Middle hitter Bianca Castro added 10 kills, three blocks and hit .600 for SBCC, which completed a 6-1 home campaign and has won 37 of the last 41 at home. Castro was one of five players honored on Sophomore Night, along with Emily Banas (6 kills), Mackenzie Mexico (6 digs), Kaitlin Dolan and Erika Bellitt.
 “It was Sophomore Night and this is the last time I’m going to be playing in this gym,” said Castro, a 6-footer from Dos Pueblos High. “It’s been a special place for me. I didn’t feel any pressure, I just wanted to play and have a really good time.”
 Castro had a lot of fun with the “slide” spike, where she loops around behind the setter to blast away from the right side. She had a kill and two blocks early in the third set when the Vaqueros jumped ahead 14-3.
 “It’s called the slide because it’s a right-side hit and I come around on one foot and turn my body, so it’s more of a cross-court angle. That’s one of my favorite hits.”
 The Vaqueros built an 11-3 lead to open the match, thanks to four kills by Banas. There were six ties in the second set before the Vaqueros went on a 9-5 run and took a 20-16 on a slide kill by Castro. Banas capped the 25-19 win with a spike off the block.
 Head coach Ed Gover used most of his players and 12 Vaqueros had at least one kill. The outside hitters only made seven hitting errors.
 “We had great chemistry tonight and bonded together,” said Gover. “The whole atmosphere was togetherness and it really showed on the court. They didn’t let things drop, they passed fantastic and Bianca was at her best today. She was Peter Pan out there … or Tinkerbell.
  “Our bench played great tonight and I have to credit Armen (Zakarian), who runs practices that allow everyone to compete. We call them “Battles” and everyone knows where they stand. So when its their turn to go in, they’re ready to go.”
 The Vaqueros play their last two regular-season matches on the road -- Wednesday at Hancock and Nov. 9 at second-place Moorpark.


Friday, Oct. 26 -- Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m.  #16 SBCC def. Cuesta 3-1  Records: 13-6, 7-0 WSC North

Vaqueros rally for 11th consecutive win

      Anderson, Castro, Weller spark 3-1 victory

 Jenna Anderson had 14 kills and 13 digs Friday night and Bianca Castro and Tessa Weller made huge contributions as SBCC rallied for a 3-1 victory over Cuesta at the Sports Pavilion.
 
The 16th-ranked Vaqueros overcame an error-filled first set to win 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 25-16. It was the 11th straight victory for Santa Barbara, the longest streak since 2009 when they won 12 in a row. It was also their 36th win in the last 40 home matches.
 “Cuesta surprised us by coming out strong in the first set,” said Anderson, a 5-10 freshman opposite. “We got things going in the last three.”
 The first-place Vaqueros (13-6, 7-0 WSC North) erased a three-point deficit in the second set by closing on a 9-2 run. Mackenzie Mexico served an ace for the 24th point and Tessa Weller (10 kills) ended it with a strong kill through the block.
 Castro, a sophomore middle hitter, took over early in the third set with three kills. Mexico added an ace for the Vaqueros, who built a 13-5 lead. Emily Banas (11 kills) capped the 25-19 win with a kill to the back line.
 Castro had nine kills and three blocks. Banas racked up 17 digs on a great digging night for the Vaqueros. Mexico had 14 digs, Anderson 13, Lara Bangs 12 and Ari Garner 10.
 Mexico contributed four aces while Erika Bellitt had three.
 The fourth set was tied at 14 when the Vaquero servers got hot. SBCC closed the match on an 11-2 run. Anderson had four kills and a block during that final stretch, including kills on the Vaqueros’ last two points.
 “Cuesta served really well in the first set and we made a few hitting errors,” said coach Ed Gover. “The Tessa (Weller) substitution paid big dividends. She came in late in the first set and provided a big spark.
  “Armen (Zakarian, the assistant coach) added a different type of set for Bianca and Ari and Bianca were able to connect on a really high level at key moments. That new set has helped Bianca become a much more dominant hitter.”
 The Vaqueros will try to complete a 6-0 homestand on Wednesday when they host L.A. Mission on Halloween night at 7 p.m.


Wednesday, Oct. 24 -- Ventura at SBCC, 7 p.m.  #16 SBCC def. Ventura 3-0  Records: 12-6, 6-0 WSC North (1st place)

Garner does it all in 10th straight triumph

            No. 16 Vaqueros sweep Ventura

 
Ariana Garner did a little of everything on Wednesday night, guiding SBCC to a 25-11, 25-23, 25-18 sweep of Ventura in a WSC North match at the Sports Pavilion.
 The 5-6 freshman setter from Carmichael, Calif., collected four kills, eight digs, two aces and two blocks as the first-place Vaqueros, ranked 16th in the state, improved to 12-6 overall and 6-0 in conference.

 It was their 10th straight win and 35th in the last 39 home matches. SBCC is 42-6 in WSC North play over the last five years.
 Jenna Anderson led SBCC with 11 kills, Jasmine Ward had six and Bianca Castro five. Castro, the WSC block assist leader with 43, had two blocks as did Katie Dolan and Garner.
 Lara Bangs notched nine digs, Mackenzie Mexico and Garner had eight and Emily Banas chipped in with seven. Erika Bellitt had three aces with Mexico and Garner producing two apiece.
 The Vaqueros took control of the first set with a 16-2 run that turned a 4-4 tie into a 20-6 lead. They took a 20-14 advantage in the second set on two straight kills by Anderson but the Pirates (3-14, 2-5) pulled within one at 23-22 and 24-23.
 Garner secured the 25-23 win with a dump set into the middle of the court.
 “Sometimes when the passes aren’t there and I don’t hear any hitters calling (for the ball), I just take the initiative and try to get the point,” said Garner. “Since we’ve won nine straight (now 10), we’ve got a target on our backs. We know everyone is looking for us and wants to take us down.”
 Santa Barbara has won 18 of 19 sets in conference play.
 Ventura took an early 4-0 lead in the third set before the Vaqueros rallied. They went ahead 5-4 on a roof block by Castro and stretched it to six points at 14-8. They took their biggest lead at 20-13 on an ace by Bellitt. Madison
 Waddell and Tessa Weller scored two of the last four points on kills.
 “We know Ventura is well-coached,” said SBCC coach Ed Gover. “They have one of the best coaches in Santa Barbara in (former UCSB All-American) Jon Roberts. We know they’re going to bring their best game.
 “The first game may have come too easy and then we had to go to work. If I could have switched it, I would rather have the second game be the first, so we would have been pushing right from the beginning.
 “It’s a game of ups and downs and you’ve got to battle through it. We found a way to weather the storm.”
 Gover was impressed with the play of Weller and Waddell off the bench as well as the serving of Bellitt.


Wednesday, Oct. 17 -- Moorpark at SBCC, 7 p.m.  #16 SBCC def. Moorpark 3-1  Records: 11-6, 5-0

 Anderson paces 3-1 win in battle for first
She has 13 kills and 13 digs in ninth straight victory

 
Jenna Anderson had 13 kills, 13 digs and three aces on Wednesday night as SBCC rallied for a 3-1 triumph over Moorpark in a battle for first in the WSC North. The scores were 20-25, 25-15, 25-21, 25-14.
 
Emily Banas added eight kills and Bianca Castro had seven for the 16th-ranked Vaqueros (11-6), who posted their ninth straight win to stay perfect (5-0) in conference play. Moorpark fell to 9-7 and 3-1.

 “The first game was just nerves and we had a lot of errors,” said Anderson, a 5-10 freshman opposite. “Once we got in the flow and played our game, we did great.”
 The Vaqueros racked up eight of their 16 ace serves in the second set. They took control with a 14-3 run. Anderson had two straight aces and a kill from the back row early in that run and Mackenzie Mexico capped it with two more aces for an 18-9 lead.
 “We changed our serving a little bit, trying to be more aggressive, and we’ve been practicing hard,” Anderson noted.
 Setter Ariana Garner had five aces, Erika Bellitt and Anderson collected three and Banas had two. The Vaqueros only made seven service errors in four sets.
 Mexico had a team-high 16 digs, Anderson added 13 and Lara Bangs had 12.
 “Coach told us they’d come out fired up and strong,” said Bangs. “We came back and really wanted to win on our home turf. Especially because we know they’re our biggest competition in conference.”
 SBCC is 3-1 at home this year and 34-4 in its last 38 in the Sports Pavilion. They've also won 41 of their last 47 conference matches.
 The Vaqueros jumped ahead 6-0, 16-6 and 20-10 in the third set, and used a 12-5 run to take a 21-11 lead in the fourth. Moorpark got within two at the end of the third set, 23-21, but SBCC prevailed 25-21 on a service error and a block by Jasmine Ward.
 “We had quite a few hitting errors in the first set, I think it was nerves,” said coach Ed Gover. “Our freshmen got scared of the first big game at home with both teams undefeated in conference.
 “We needed their adrenaline to calm down. Once we did that, they started playing like they practiced. Serving got great, hitting picked up … everything went better once we relaxed.”
 The Vaqueros open the second round of WSC play on Wednesday with a home game against Ventura at 7 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 12 -- Hancock at SBCC, 7 p.m.  #20 SBCC def. Hancock 3-0  Records: 10-6, 4-0 WSC North

 Vaqueros roll to eighth straight win
Waddell has 11 kills in 3-0 sweep of Hancock


 Madison Waddell had 11 kills and two aces on Friday night and Jenna Anderson added six kills and five aces as SBCC cruised to a 25-4, 25-15, 25-13 sweep of Hancock in the Sports Pavilion.
 
The 20th-ranked Vaqueros (10-6, 4-0 WSC North) have won their last eight matches, including six by sweep. They’ve captured 24 of 27 sets during that run.
 Ari Garner had eight digs and Ali Stoltz chipped in with three kills and three digs.
 SBCC opened the match on a 16-0 run with Jenna Anderson serving 16 straight times.
 “We controlled the match from the start,” noted coach Ed Gover. “We showed solid team consistency and didn’t make many errors.”
 The Vaqueros will complete the first round of WSC play with a big match against Moorpark on Wednesday at home. First serve is at 7 p.m.


Wednesday, Oct. 10 -- Citrus at SBCC, 7 p.m.  #20 SBCC def. #15 Citrus 3-1  Record: 9-6  

    Castro has block party in 3-1 victory
Anderson gets double-double as Vaqueros upset No. 15 Citrus

 Bianca Castro had eight kills and a career-high 10 blocks on Wednesday night as No. 20 SBCC upset No. 15 Citrus 3-1 in a nonconference match at the Sports Pavilion. The scores were 26-24, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23.
 Castro had four blocks early in the second set as the Vaqueros built a 9-2 lead. The Owls pulled within two at 13-11 before the Vaqueros went on an 8-0 run, capped by a “roof” block from Katie Dolan and Jenna Anderson.
 “We played amazing, I’m so proud of our whole team,” said Castro, a 6-foot sophomore middle blocker from Dos Pueblos High. “We’ve been working so hard on our blocking in practice. I got on their players and I knew where their line of approach was when they were hitting. It really came together tonight.”
SBCC improved to 9-6 with its seventh straight win while Citrus fell to 7-6.
 Anderson had 15 kills and 11 digs, Jasmine Ward added 14 kills and four aces and Emily Banas collected eight kills and 17 digs. Dolan had seven kills in the middle and libero Mackenzie Mexico contributed 14 digs.
 Setter Ari Garner handed out 50 assists.
 Santa Barbara took its first lead of the night, 17-16, in the first set when Anderson tooled a kill off the block. The Vaqueros overcame a 22-21 deficit by finishing with a 5-2 run. Ward accounted for four of those points on three kills and a set-clinching ace serve for the 26-24 win.
 Citrus jumped out to a 19-10 lead in the third set, only to see the Vaqueros creep within four at 20-16 on two straight blocks by Castro. The Owls regained control to post their only win, 25-20.
 SBCC overcame deficits of 9-5, 18-14 and 22-21 in the fourth set. Anderson aced a serve to the left sideline for the 24th point and Castro ended the match with an off-speed shot to the middle of the court.
 “It was an exciting match by two extremely defensive-oriented teams,” said Vaquero coach Ed Gover. “Both teams had good firepower at the net. It was a perfect mid-season battle for us.
  “Coach (Armen) Zakarian has been working extremely hard on our blocking and tonight, it really paid off. Bianca made it look easy tonight.”
 Wednesday was the start of a six-match homestand for the Vaqueros, who will host Hancock on Friday.


Friday, Oct. 5 -- SBCC at L.A. Mission, 7 p.m.  #21 SBCC def. Mission 3-0  Records: 8-6, 3-0

  Anderson notches 12 kills in sweep
Garner has five kills, 13 digs in sixth straight win

 Freshman opposite Jenna Anderson pounded 12 kills on Friday night and Ari Garner had 13 digs, leading SBCC to a 25-11, 25-12, 25-22 sweep over L.A. Mission in Sylmar.
 
It was the third straight sweep and sixth straight victory for the 21st-ranked Vaqueros (8-6, 3-0 WSC North). Mission is 5-5 and 1-2.
 Garner, a freshman setter, added five kills and 30 assists while Mackenzie Mexico had eight digs. Bianca Castro contributed three kills and five blocks, Jasmine Ward had four kills and Emily Banas recorded three aces.
 “This was one of our best passing nights,” said assistant coach Armen Zakarian. “We played well and we got a lot of girls into the match.”


Wednesday, Oct. 3 -- SBCC at Cuesta, 7 p.m.  #21 SBCC def. Cuesta 3-0   Records: 7-6, 2-0

Vaqueros stretch win streak to five
      Castro, Ward score 11 points each

 SBCC opened October the way it finished September on Wednesday night with another women’s volleyball sweep. The 21st-ranked Vaqueros downed Cuesta 25-20, 25-20, 25-13 in a WSC North match at San Luis Obispo.
 
Bianca Castro and Jasmine Ward scored 11 points each as the Vaqueros won their fifth straight to improve to 7-6 overall and 2-0 in conference. Cuesta is 2-10 and 0-1.
 Castro had seven kills and four blocks while Ward collected eight kills, one block and two aces. Freshman setter Ari Garner had another solid match with two kills, three blocks, an ace and 24 assists.
 “Bianca and Ari did a great job of blocking their best outside hitter twice during a key stretch in Game 2,” said coach Ed Gover. “Erika Bellitt had a five-point serving run in Game 3 that gave us the lead.”
 Mackenzie Mexico and Emily Banas racked up 10 digs apiece.
 “We’re growing as a unit and getting closer as a team,” Gover added. “This is a tight group that’s believing in themselves.”


Friday, Sept. 28 -- SBCC at Ventura, 7 p.m.  #21 SBCC def. Ventura 3-0   Records: 6-6, 1-0

Vaqueros post sweep in WSC opener
     Anderson, Ward lead the way at Ventura

 Jenna Anderson had 10 kills and eight digs on Friday and Jasmine Ward added nine kills and an ace as SBCC opened WSC North play with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-15 sweep at Ventura.
 
Emily Banas added seven kills and Ari Garner had 32 assists and three aces in the fourth straight win for the 21st-ranked Vaqueros (6-6, 1-0).
 “Our passing was solid and our outsides stepped up,” said coach Ed Gover. “We got 26 kills from our pin hitters, which is excellent. It feels good to be back on track.“
 An ace serve by Garner capped a 5-1 run to end the first set. The Vaqueros jumped ahead 8-3 and 10-3 in the second and third sets, respectively.


Wednesday, Sept. 26 -- SBCC at Canyons, 6 p.m.  #21 SBCC def. Canyons 3-2  Record: 5-6

Anderson keys Vaquero comeback
Castro, Garner shine in 3-2 win at Canyons

 Freshman opposite Jenna Anderson recorded 15 kills, 16 digs and three blocks Wednesday night as SBCC rallied for a 3-2 women’s volleyball victory over Canyons in Santa Clarita. The scores were 25-17, 22-25, 19-25, 25-17, 15-11.
 Bianca Castro had nine kills and five blocks and setter Ari Garner had a fine all-around match with eight digs, four kills, two aces and 45 assists. It was the third straight win for the 21st-ranked Vaqueros (5-6).
 Katie Dolan added nine kills, Emily Banas had 16 digs and five kills and Tessa Weller contributed 12 digs. Mackenzie Mexico collected nine digs.
 “There were a lot of rallies and we stayed consistent when we needed to,” said coach Ed Gover. “Ari did a great job of distributing the ball to all our hitters.”
 The Vaqueros trailed 24-11 in the third set, then went on an 8-0 run to build momentum for the fourth-set win. Garner and Weller both served well in the deciding fifth set. Leading 10-9, SBCC scored three straight points to take control.


Saturday, Sept. 22 -- L.A. Pierce Invitational: SBCC def. Saddleback 3-0; SBCC def. Palomar 3-0  Record: 4-6

     SBCC takes consolation title
Vaqueros sweep 2 matches at Pierce Tourney

 SBCC posted two sweeps on Saturday to claim the consolation title of the L.A. Pierce Invitational. The Vaqueros (4-6) beat Saddleback 25-19, 25-7, 25-15 and then knocked off Palomar 25-22, 25-18, 25-14 in the consolation final.
 
Emily Banas led the way against Palomar with six kills and seven digs. Bianca Castro had five kills and Mackenzie Mexico made seven digs. Erika Bellitt served four aces and Jasmine Ward had three.
  In the first match, Banas had 10 kills and eight digs while Jenna Anderson had seven kills, 10 digs and three aces. Setter Ari Garner dished out 30 assists.


Friday, Sept. 21 -- L.A. Pierce Invitational: SBCC vs. Golden West, 4 p.m.  #8 Golden West def. SBCC 3-2  Record: 2-6

 Golden West edges Vaqueros
Castro has 15 kills, 8 blocks in 3-2 setback

 Bianca Castro collected 15 kills and eight blocks on Friday for SBCC in a tough 3-2 loss to No. 8 Golden West at the L.A. Pierce Invitational.
 
The Vaqueros (2-6) couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead in a 22-25, 16-25, 25-22, 25-17, 15-9 setback. SBCC led 19-14 in the third set before the Rustlers (4-1) rallied to stay in the match.
 Freshman Tessa Weller had 11 kills in her first full match since being sidelined by an injury. Jenna Anderson added six kills and Mackenzie Mexico made 19 digs.
 “We passed much better and our hitting percentage went up,” said coach Ed Gover. “I keep talking about building ourselves into a team and that continued today.”


Wednesday, Sept. 19 -- Bakersfield at SBCC, 6 p.m.  #10 Bakersfield def. #19 SBCC 3-0  Record: 2-5

 Vaqueros drop home opener 3-0
They give No. 10 Bakersfield a scare in third set

 Emily Banas had six kills and five digs Wednesday night but No. 10 Bakersfield spoiled the home opener for the SBCC, beating the Vaqueros 25-14, 25-14, 25-18.
 “We’re a young team that’s building,” said coach Ed Gover. “Bakersfield is obviously a good team. We’re playing better as a unit.”
 Jenna Anderson added four kills and six digs. The freshman from El Toro High hit .400 for the match. Mackenzie Mexico had a team-high 10 digs.
 Bakersfield (7-1) was led by the hitting of sophomore Caitlin Bernardin. The 19th-ranked Vaqueros led the first set 5-3 and 10-9 before the Renegades went on an 11-2 run.
 The Vaqueros (2-5) came back from a 10-point deficit in the third set with a 6-1 burst that pulled them within five at 21-16. The run was capped by an ace from Anderson and a kill by Banas.
 “We need to improve our passing and defense,” said Banas. “When we get better in those areas and start working as a team, we’ll be fine.”
 Bianca Castro was a force in the third set for the Vaqueros.
 “We finally found our middle, our all-conference player Bianca Castro, at the end and Emily got into a rhythm,” said Gover.
 The Vaqueros have lost five straight matches -- all to teams ranked 13th or higher in the state.
 “We’re playing the toughest talent and that brings out the best in our players,” Gover noted. “We now know what it takes to be a state championship team. We’re playing the best, we don’t hide from anybody.
 “We’ll take our lumps in the preseason. Our goal is to get our ticket to the dance in conference. This team will be battle-tested by the time we get to conference. We’re getting better and better.”


Saturday, Sept. 15 -- Fullerton Quad: #13 Fullerton def. #18 SBCC 3-0; #8 Golden West def. SBCC 3-0  Record: 2-4

Vaqueros drop a pair at Fullerton Quad
      Banas and Ward combine for 28 kills

 
Emily Banas had seven kills in the morning match and eight in the afternoon on Saturday as SBCC was swept 3-0 by a pair of Orange Empire teams at the Fullerton Quad.
 
Fullerton, ranked 13th in the state, downed the 19th-ranked Vaqueros 25-13, 25-16, 25-19 while No. 8 Golden West beat SBCC 25-16, 25-19, 25-23. Jasmine Ward had six kills vs. Fullerton and seven against the Rustlers.

 Bianca Castro contributed five kills against Golden West, Mackenzie Mexico had 10 digs and Ari Garner set a solid match, according to coach Ed Gover.
 The Vaqueros (2-4) make their home debut on Wednesday against Bakersfield at 6 p.m.


Friday, Sept. 7 -- El Camino Quad at Torrance: #3 El Camino def. #19 SBCC 3-0; #8 Pasadena def. SBCC 3-0  Record: 2-2

 Vaqueros fall to highly ranked teams
Banas has 15 points, 15 digs at El Camino Quad

 Sophomore Emily Banas had 15 points and 15 digs in two matches on Friday but SBCC came up short to a pair of top-10 teams in the state at the El Camino Quad.
 
The 19th-ranked Vaqueros (2-2) were swept by No. 3 El Camino (25-11, 25-16, 26-24) and No. 8 Pasadena (25-19, 25-22, 25-17).
 Jasmine Ward and Bianca Castro contributed 13 points each. Ari Garner and Jenna Anderson did a fine job of setting as the Vaqueros experimented with a one-setter and two-setter offenses.
 “We made some freshmen mistakes but there were a lot of bright spots, topped by the play of Emily and Bianca,“ said coach Ed Gover. “We tried some different people at libero and we alternated between a 5-1 and 6-2 offense.
 “We’re discovering who we are.”


Friday, August 31 -- Pasadena Quad: SBCC def. Glendale 3-1; SBCC def. Cypress 3-2  Record: 2-0

       Vaqueros open with two wins
Banas has double-double 3-1 triumph over Glendale

 SBCC opened the 2012 campaign with a pair of wins on Friday night, rallying past Glendale 3-1 (25-27, 25-13, 25-23, 25-16) and outlasting Cypress 3-2 (25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 16-25, 15-9).
 The Vaqueros, Pasadena and Mt. San Antonio all went 2-0 in the six-team event. Glendale, Cypress and Citrus were 0-2.
 Sophomore Emily Banas had 13 kills and 12 digs in the win over Glendale. Jasmine Ward added eight kills and five aces while Jenna Anderson had 15 digs. In the Cypress match, Bianca Castro, Katie Dolan and Madison Waddell led the way with seven kills. Erika Bellitt had 19 digs in the second match and 27 on the day. Ari Garner contributed four aces.


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