The West Hills College Volleyball Team enjoyed back-to-back home matches on Wednesday and Friday night. The home cooking seemed to pay off with straight set victories over Taft College and Merced College.
The Wednesday night match against Taft featured a balance of offense and defense. The Falcons had 13 Kills and 2 errors on 15 swings in the first set, and hit a perfect 9 for 9 in the third. Defensively, the Falcons tallied 53 digs led by Andrea Lopez (17 digs) and freshman libero Felicia Ruguian (11 digs).
"We've got so much respect for both Taft and Merced," Coach Jeff Wanderer said on Friday. "They are well coached and they are both high caliber programs." Merced College finished second in the Central Valley Conference in 2018.
Outside hitter Andrea Lopez (Monache High School) led the team with 10 Kills. Mia Bouttavong-Mayberry (McLane High School) added 9 kills in the win. "We really made it a point to have better execution on offense," Bouttavong-Mayberry explained. "We talked before the match about not letting mistakes get into our heads."
At 12-5 in the third set, sophomore middle hitter Magali Renteria went back to serve and never let go of the ball, finishing the set and the match on a 13-point run which included 4 aces.
On Friday, the Falcons took on Merced. "Our focus going into tonight was to keep our focus no matter the score," said Felicia Ruguian (13 digs). "We knew it wasn't going to be easy tonight and we really wanted to just stay focused on the next ball."
Powered behind 14 kills and 21 digs from sophomore outside hitter Andrea Lopez, the Falcons remained unrelenting. "We had a really nice balance in offense overall this evening," Coach Wanderer said after the match. Mia Bouttavong-Mayberry added 9 kills on 9 attempts. Freshman opposite hitter Madisyn Baxter added 8 kills on 8 attempts. Magali Renteria (8 kills) and freshman outside hitter Fallon Alviso (5 Kills) both contributed significantly and at critical times.
Next Up for the Falcons:
Wed, Oct. 2 – at Lemoore 6PM
Fri, Oct. 4 – Fresno City College 6PM (in Coalinga)