For the second straight Central Valley Conference match, West Hills College Coalinga took a 2-0 lead on its home floor.
This time, the Falcons finished the job - winning in three sets (25-13, 25-19, 25-21) against Taft College on Friday night.
"Our goal was to finish strong tonight and we did," said WHCC head coach Jeff Wanderer.
"The team had a renewed focus, played more freely and stayed in each moment. It was great to see us learn from previous mistakes and achieve better results."
On Wednesday night against first-place Merced, the Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but couldn't close the door - eventually losing in five games.
Lopez, who ranks fourth in CVC kills, led the team with 16 against the Cougars - and tied with a team-high 14 digs. Her hitting percentage of .263 was a career high.
Bouttavong also had her best hitting percentage (.367) and her most kills (15) in her rookie season. She added 10 digs and three aces.
"Andrea has been locked-in lately, performing at a very high level," said Wanderer.
"Mia had her best all-around match tonight. It was great to see her reach that potential."
Freshman libero Emilee Degunya tied Lopez for a team-high 14 digs. Degunya entered the match with the second most digs in the CVC.
Overall, WHCC recorded 37 kills and 10 aces.
The Falcons improved to 2-4 in the CVC, while Taft dropped to 3-3.
UP NEXT: WHCC will travel to Cerro Coso (5-1) on Wednesday, before returning home on Friday against Reedley (1-4).
- Photo by Brenden Lusk