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Cougars maul Vaqueros at home

Anderson, Wells finish off Santa Barbara

Posted: September 30, 2008 9:43 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2008 5:00 a.m.

College of the Canyons libero Brooklyn Arndt, left, celebrates with her teammates after scoring on Santa Barbara City College, Tuesday evening at COC. Arndt recorded 16 digs in the match.

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Like an old episode of the hit show "X-Files," Jillian Anderson was part of a mystery.

Except this Jillian - not the actress Gillian - was the mystery herself, hitting seven kills and three blocks in College of the Canyons' three-set victory over Santa Barbara City College.

The 6-foot middle blocker, one of two on the Cougars who are 6-foot or taller, began each of the first two games with two kills and at least one block. She helped COC (8-5) take 21-16 leads in the first and second sets, in a 25-21, 25-20, 25-15 win.

The victory at home was the Cougars' third straight victory.

"I think it gave us a lot more momentum," Anderson said. "Not playing scared, like we were when we made mistakes earlier this season. We were going for it."

After Anderson and other Cougars put together hot offensive starts, Lauren Wells finished with two kills near the end of both of the first two sets.

Wells put away a ball off of three straight free balls to set up set point at the end of the second. She finished off a kill to take a 2-0 lead.

Wells is a sophomore outside hitter who graduated from Valencia High. She redshirted her first season at California State University at Dominguez Hills, played in her first actual season and transferred to COC, where she is a junior academically but a sophomore athletically.

"I think we were just focusing better," Wells said. "We're hitting the ball in spots where the other team isn't. We're learning to push harder. We have a lot of different people who can go at every spot."

Cougar front-row defenders like 6-foot-2 Heather Seddon, who hit four kills and three blocks, and Jessica Frost (seven kills, five blocks), were part of an 18-block barrage along the net.

"We're an excellent blocking team," Canyons head coach Lisa Hooper said. "We should be able to put the ball down."

Although COC at times appeared very balanced - six players had at least four kills - Hooper was looking for a more even attack.

"I don't think we really distributed the ball as well as we could have," Hooper said. "I thought there were times where we were very predictable, where we went to the outside a lot. In the middle of the second set to the third, I think we were OK."

Santa Barbara was led by Sam Potter, a one-woman attack, with eight kills.

But the Vaqueros could not keep up in the third set to prevent the sweep. A 9-1 run turned a close 10-8 COC lead into a 19-9 blowout. Brooklyn Arndt, a West Ranch High graduate who had 16 digs, served during much of that stretch.

Cougar setter Danielle Evans had 24 assists and four kills.

College of the Canyons' next match is at 6 p.m. on Friday at COC against Moorpark. At 7 p.m. on Tuesday at home, the Cougars open Western State Conference play against Santa Monica.

L.A. Pierce, who last season went 10-0 in conference, is the defending champion.

The top team in the WSC South Division will go to the state tournament. COC made it to the Elite Eight, losing in the first round without its setter.

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