PC's Juliet Garcia

Porterville College's Juliet Garcia, right, goes for a block Wednesday, Sept. 19, during the first set in a match against Cerro Coso College at Porterville College.

Pirates drop to 1-2 in CVC play

Porterville College volleyball team hit another rough patch Wednesday with a 3-0 loss to Cerro Coso in a Central Valley Conference match at home.

The Pirates (3-5, 1-2 CVC) dropped the sets in order, 25-9, 25-17 and 25-16, to the Coyotes (7-2, 3-0 CVC). Cerro Coso is in a three-way tie for first place in the CVC with Merced (6-0, 3-0 CVC) and Fresno City (8-3, 3-0 CVC). Last Friday, Porterville lost 3-0 at Fresno City.

The second and final sets against the Coyotes were close at times but with the Pirates unable to dig big hits from players like CC outside hitter Tinoi Martin, recover well for hits and tips behind front row blockers or serve “tough” according to PC head coach Pete Rasmussen, Porterville couldn’t catch up to Cerro Coso.

“Disappointed,” Rasmussen said in describing the loss. “I mean they’re a good team, it’s not that I think we can beat them but I think we didn’t play smart. We had too many mental errors. People doing somebody else’s job and then the ball going to where they’re supposed to be. Things like that. We had moments where we did great, it was usually when they hit to [Yvette Hernandez]. All of sudden we just started playing. We relaxed, we’d dig some balls. But it’s about technique on our passing, it’s about discipline on defense. Just things we’ve got to work on.”

Porterville started every match down and in both the first and third set they started down 4-0. The Pirates kept things closer to start the second match by capitalizing off of the Coyotes’ mistakes and rallying for every point. One of the standouts for PC was middle blocker and outside hitter, Juliet Garcia. The freshman picked up a number of kills, as well as blocks, while playing focused and relaxed.

“I think Jules had probably one of the best nights,” Rasmussen said. “She’s just one of those athletes, nothing fazes her, she just plays. [Sophomore Emily [Baeza] had her moments, even [sophomore Madysen Clower] had a couple moments where she got a block and she got a couple kills. Defensively, [freshman] Yvette [Hernandez] had some really good plays.”

Up next PC travels to Reedley College (0-8, 0-3 CVC) on Friday for a 6 p.m. match. The Pirates have one practice left to get ready for the Tigers and in it they’ll focus on discipline.

“We work on discipline on doing things the same every time,” Rasmussen said. “Last night in practice we worked on changing the rotation so we could adjust our blocking, our blocking against their best hitter. But we just need to focus on making sure we’re doing our job and that might be the toughest part for some of the better players. They want to make sure every job gets done so they end up doing somebody else’s job and that’s when they get burned on there’s. So that’s what we’re going to focus on, some discipline and serving a little tougher.” 

Monache 3

Mission Oak 0

Monache High School volleyball picked up their fifth-straight win Wednesday evening when the Marauders swept Mission Oak 3-0 in an East Yosemite League match at home. Monache (14-4, 2-0 EYL) won the sets 25-22, 25-15, 25-17.

For the Marauders Hailey Kelley had 10 kills, five digs and one block. Hally Flynn had 10 kills and four digs while Madisyn Baxter had six kills and two digs. Kaitlyn Castle came away with eight digs and four kills while Madison Doty had four kills and one block. Libero Kristen Watson finished with 14 digs, four aces and one kill. Setter Gabby Cox had 32 assists, 13 digs and 11 service points.

Monache’s next game is Tuesday, Sept. 25 at home against Delano (7-8-2, 0-1 EYL) at 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS TENNIS

Porterville 6

Delano 3

Porterville High School girls tennis defeated Delano 6-3 in Wednesday’s East Yosemite League match on the road.

In singles, No. 1 Vanessa Madrigal won 7-6, 6-1; No. 5 Erica Palad won 6-0, 6-1 and No. 6 Lizbeth Martinez won 6-2, 6-4. 

Tied after singles, the Panthers swept the doubles matches. No. 1 Madrigal and Chloe Weaver won 8-6, No. 2 Palad and Sierra Mitchel won 8-2 while No. 3 Zeila Rivera and Hannah Watkins won 8-4.

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