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A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

A student-operated publication at Santa Rosa Junior College.

The Oak Leaf

SRJC volleyball rises above Cosumnes River

Max Mwaniki
Bear Cubs Setter/Defensive Specialist Yasmin Sierra sets themselves up for a serve in the first set.

The Bear Cubs volleyball team bounced back from a losing streak and took a win against Cosumnes River College in the fifth set.

Starting off with the first set, Cosumnes River College served and drew first blood against Santa Rosa. 

Both teams kept the first set tight until middle hitter Lilah Bacon spiked the ball in order to give SRJC the ball back. The Bear Cubs would go on to catch momentum as they scored the next five points.

With SRJC taking the lead 17-12, the Hawks tried to put a stop to it as they scored on the next four of five rallies. It wasn’t enough by CRC as the Bear Cubs were the first to 20 points.

SRJC scored three more points until Cosumnes River made an intimidating comeback as they tied up the score 23-23. Both teams had their collective scoring streaks in the first set but Santa Rosa capped it off with a diving save by Freshman defensive specialist Kelley Evart, which then led to the set winning point.

With a one set lead, SRJC served but Cosumnes River earned the first point but ultimately it didn’t matter as both teams repeatedly traded points. 

CRC believed they were catching heat as they scored six unanswered points but the Bear Cubs poured water on that fire as they scored 11 of the next 12 rallies; putting them up 16-11. 

CRC failed to catch any type of momentum as they were only able to exchange a few points until SRJC went on a tear. 

Santa Rosa didn’t allow the match to get interesting as they won the second set by a score of 25-16.

With their backs against the wall, Cosumnes River came out with a different intensity than before. They knew they couldn’t lose anymore, so they slowly pulled away as they scored seven points in a row to take a comfortable lead of 13-7. 

The Bear Cubs seemed to struggle with this set as they couldn’t stay comfortable. They found themselves down 12-20 before they saw hope.

With the Bear Cubs winning most of the coming rallies, they found themselves down 18-23. The door of opportunity was slim, they fell short for the first time this match losing 19-25.

The fourth set started off the same way as all the other sets with CRC drawing first blood. This set has both sides amped up as they know how much it meant.

Both teams repeatedly traded points until CRC tried to draw away by scoring four in a row but the Bear Cubs immediately answered with 4 points. Neither team was able to maintain any momentum as they continuously traded points the entire set.

With the score tied at 20-20 more suspense arose but CRC was able to capitalize on back to back errors committed by SRJC which eventually led to CRC winning the set 21-25 and tying up the series 2-2.

In a turn of events, the Bear Cubs finally scored the opening point as they headed into the final set. They came out with a different aura, and wente up 6-2 then went on to trade points to maintain a stable lead.

Cosumnes tried to prove they weren’t out and still tried to apply pressure to keep the game close but it was still evident who was in control of this set. 

Sophomore setter Kaleigh Weiand had a critical save as she dove for the ball and barely got it over the net, which then led to match point.

SRJC took care of business as they looked poised in the final set. They took the win 15-10.

Leading the team in assists was Weiand who put up 28, she also averages 7.5 assists per set this season which is also the highest on the team.

Being a reliable source to keep the ball in play, Freshman libero Daya Mosqueda once again led the team with 33 digs.

Sophomore middle hitter Lilah Bacon ended the night by leading the team with 11 kills along with a .258 K%.

The SRJC volleyball team will be back home against Diablo Valley Community College at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Haehl Pavilion gym.

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About the Contributors
Alex Cambron Padilla
Alex is in his second semester at SRJC. As an Oak Leaf sports reporter he plans to eventually transfer to a 4-year and continue to follow sports reporting.
Max Mwaniki
Max Mwaniki, Reporter
Max Mwaniki is in his second semester at SRJC, working towards a journalism major. This is his second semester reporting and photographing for The Oak Leaf. He spends his time either brainstorming articles or hanging out with friends.

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