Falcons Sweep Columbia Claim Jumpers

Falcons Sweep Columbia Claim Jumpers

The West Hills College Coalinga Falcons continued their strong home court advantage with a 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-20, 25-22) over visiting Columbia College on Wednesday night.

WHCC improved to 5-8 in the Central Valley Conference and 7-11 overall.

The Falcons are 4-3 at home this season - winning four of their last five in Coalinga.

Freshman outside hitters Andrea Lopez (13 kills, 13 digs) and Mia Bouttavong (11 kills, .364) led the WHCC offense against the Claim Jumpers.

Freshman setter Isabella Galang tallied her most assists in a three-set match with 23 to lead the team. She also added nine digs.

WHCC controlled much of the match, although Columbia led the second set, 20-18, and in the third, 23-22.

"We did a good job of bouncing back in those tough situations," said Falcons head coach Jeff Wanderer.

"It was great to see us persevere and stay focused. I thought we improved with our serving and kept the ball in alive with much better passing." 

Sophomore setter Taylor Ramos added 15 assists and six digs; and sophomore libero Emilee Degunya led the team with 17 digs and had four of the Falcons' 13 aces. Sophomore libero Carissa Plascencia recorded a team-high five aces, along with her six digs.

Freshman middle blockers Magali Renteria (6 kills, .333) and Haley Ramirez (4 kills) also added to the balanced scoring attack in the front row.

UP NEXT: WHCC will play at Merced on Friday at 6 p.m.