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College volleyball: Cougars use all their weapons

COC women distribute the ball well in four-set victory over Glendale

Posted: October 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 25, 2012 1:55 a.m.

College of the Canyons sophomore Kelsea Hundtoft goes up for a block on Wednesday night at COC.

 

This was the match College of the Canyons women’s volleyball needed to have.

Coming off a loss to the state’s top-ranked team last week, the Cougars’ relatively painless 3-1 win over Glendale College on Wednesday at COC was just what the doctor ordered.

Kelsea Hundtoft had 16 kills to lead COC to set scores of 25-15, 25-15, 20-25 and 25-18.

“Kelsea was very smart tonight, not just swinging away but putting it where we wanted her to,” said COC head coach Lisa Hooper.

The Cougars remain tied with Citrus College for second in the Western State Conference, South Division behind Pierce, which beat COC 3-0 on Friday.

COC is now 11-8 overall, 5-2 in conference and ranked 23rd in the state.

The Cougars started off quick against the Vaqueros (1-12, 0-4) thanks to strong passing and serving.

Hundtoft and Cory Nua were the primary options on the outside, with Nua chipping in 13 kills.

“We were able to find all of our weapons so we could open it up,” said COC head coach Lisa Hooper.

COC setter Jordan Carter was also feeding the ball to middle blocker Ashley Pagan, who finished with nine kills and five blocks.

“We were mixing it up well and setting the middles,” Hundtoft said.

On the defensive side, the Cougars had libero Cassidy Fitzpatrick, who had a flawless night with 18 digs and zero digging errors.

“We have to shore up serving and passing. We have to control pace,” Hooper said, explaining that her team has to compensate for a relative lack of height.

After cruising through the first two sets, Glendale fought back in the third set with improved hitting.

The Vaqueros went on a 7-1 run to jump in front 13-7 early. The Cougars later tried to climb back into it, closing the gap to 23-20, but Glendale finished it off to force a fourth set.

Trailing by a point in the fourth, COC went ahead 16-12 with a 7-2 run and didn’t relinquish the lead after that.

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