Vaquero women’s volleyball sweeps 4th straight match

Travis Noe

The City College women’s volleyball team was a force to be reckoned with over the weekend, sweeping opponents Santa Monica and Imperial Valley in three straight sets at the Sports Pavilion on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

After losing the first match of the season, the lady Vaqueros have gone on to win every set since, sweeping four straight matches to improve their record to 4-1.

On Friday, outside hitter Maria Mayer lead her team to victory with 13 kills and three aces, proving to be too much for the Santa Monica Corsairs, who fell in three short sets, 25-10, 25-13, 25-14.

Mayer, a 6-foot opposite hitter from San Marcos High, was dominant all night long in the front row, especially when teaming up with Jennifer Waddill, another product of San Marcos, who also added 11 kills in the game.

Santa Monica had no answer for the ‘twin towers’, and with solid passing from libero Case Jenkins and setter Kelsey Soos, the Vaqueros looked like an unstoppable squad.

“Waddill and Mayer are hitting the ball so high and fast right now, and Case (Jenkins) has been playing so solid in the back,” said head coach Ed Gover .

The Vaqs didn’t stop their momentum there, as Mayer picked up where she left off, serving up 13 straight points in the opening set to put her team ahead 17-3. City College finished out the next two sets handedly, winning all three sets by at least 10 points, 25-10, 25-13, and 25-12.

Imperial Valley simply had no defense for the 6-foot-1-inch Waddill, who had 10 kills, two blocks and an ace in the winning effort.

“I just tried to stay calm but intense out there,” Waddill said. “We’ve been working on it at practice, and I try to stay relaxed but focused.”

Waddill attributes the City College team’s success to their team chemistry, and ability to play as a unit.

“It’s the best team chemistry I’ve seen by far,” she said. “In the beginning we were just trying to get to know each other, but I think we’ve really clicked now that the season has started.”

Gover is pleased with the overall play of his team, particularly the front row, and the passing of his setter and libero. He continues to encourage the girls to “just take care of business.”

The City College women’s volleyball team will try to take care of business on Sept. 16 against L.A. Pierce at home in the Sports Pavilion.