The No. 4 College of the Canyons women’s volleyball team has advanced to the third round of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern California Regionals for the first time in eight years, after earning a hard fought 3-2 (26-24, 14-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-12) postseason victory over No. 5 Grossmont College on Saturday.
The Cougars emerged from the first set in winning fashion after a back-and-forth style assault that would set the tone for the entire match.
But even with a 1-0 advantage the Cougars quickly found themselves on the ropes, as Grossmont stormed back to decisively take the second set 25-14.
In doing so, the Griffins became just the second team this year to win a set on COC’s home court. Bakersfield College also managed to win set vs. COC in its 3-1 loss to the Cougars on Oct. 23.
Entering Saturday’s match the Cougars had lost just 10 sets on the season.
Grossmont’s powerful front line continued to pressure Canyons throughout the third set, with the Griffins using a 25-20 win to take a 2-1 advantage in the match.
Down but far from out, Canyons put together a rally of its own led by freshman All-American Emily Bible — the reigning WSC Player of the Year.
Bible’s team-high 21 kills from the outside hitter position helped lead the Cougars back from the brink, with COC able to claw out a 25-21 win in the fourth set.
Bible posted a .417 hitting percentage on the night, while adding five aces down the stretch.
Elsewhere around the net, middle blocker Alexa Hesseldenz had nine kills on an ultra-efficient.571 hitting percentage. The freshman also added two blocks to the effort.
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