SBCC WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
By Dave Loveton, Sports Information
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013
Vaqueros streak to WSC title
Anderson is Player of Year; SBCC sets school record
SBCC transformed a slow start into a splendid finish in the 2012 women’s volleyball season. The Vaqueros went 2-6 in their first eight matches with all six losses coming to teams ranked No. 13 in the state or higher
The Vaqueros started off with Ari Garner and Jenna Anderson at setter in a 6-2 offense. After a few weeks, they switched to a 5-1 with Garner handling the setter duties and Anderson moving to outside hitter.
They posted two sweeps on Sept. 22 to claim the consolation title at the L.A. Pierce Tournament and went on to capture their next 14 matches in a row. That broke the previous school record of 12 straight wins.
The Vaqueros won all 10 of their WSC North matches and finished 16-7, losing at No. 5 Pasadena in the first round of the Southern Cal Regional. It was their third WSC title in the last four years.
SBCC has been spectacular at home with a 37-4 record (.902) over the last 4½ seasons. They’re 46-6 in the last five years of WSC North play.
Anderson, a 5-10 freshman opposite from Lake Forest, was named WSC North Player of the Year and All-Region. Anderson led the Vaqueros in kills (168) and was fourth in the 13-team conference in aces with 39.
Ed Gover was selected as the Coach of the Year.
“It all starts with the team being on the same page mentally,” said Gover. “We had four left-side players who could start any match. Our practice plans were designed to create a very competitive environment. Everyday was a healthy battle at every position. Our staff feels that it was this structure that allowed our best team to take the court on game day.”
Garner, middle blocker Bianca Castro and defensive specialist Mackenzie Mexico also made first-team all-conference.
The Vaqueros were slated to open the Regional playoffs at Orange Coast but a seeding error caused the bracket to be changed just 24 hours before the first round. The Vaqueros’ opponent changed to Pasadena, a team that was 19-4 and 10-0 at home.
“That last-minute change was huge,” noted Gover. “It was unfair to all the teams involved in the playoffs. All 16 teams in the playoffs did not know who their opponent was until 8 p.m. the night before the match. At that point in the season, it’s more about preparing for match-ups.”
Gover said there may be some sand volleyball in the near future for his team.
“There is a new movement by a few other colleges to begin a Sand Volleyball off-season program, which we are looking to participate in,” he said. “This should keep our kids in great shape and ready for the Fall season.”
2012 WSC North Standings
WSC GF GA Overall
SBCC 10-0 30 3 16-7
Moorpark 8-2 26 6 13-8
L.A. Mission 4-6 12 20 9-9
Cuesta 4-6 17 18 6-16
Ventura 4-6 14 22 5-16
Hancock 0-10 0 30 2-17