The West Hills College Falcons went to Taft College expecting a fight and they got more than the anticipated. "We knew that Taft would be much, much better than the first time we saw them," West Hills head coach Jeff Wanderer said. "They are a well-coached team and they've got great talent on their side of the net."
The Falcons trailed the entire first set and made a late run to close the deficit, but ultimately Taft came out with the 25-22 win. in the second set, the Falcons took advantage of their hitting opportunities. Led behind a 0.684 hitting percentage in the second set, the Falcons tied up the match. The Falcons fell behind early in the third set, but battled back behind relentless serving from sophomore middle hitter Magali Renteria and freshman outside hitter Fallon Alviso. The Falcons rallied from as many as eight points in the fight.
Taft evened the match at two sets a peice to forced the fifth and deciding set. The drama continued to the wire as both teams traded leads, but the Falcons prevailed with the 16-14 win in a match that required every player on the West Hills roster to step up and make significant contributions at different times.
West Hills improved to 8-3 on the season and will travel to Merced College to take on the 7-4 Blue Devils. Match begins at 6 PM.