Kat Niksto gets first win as head coach, SBCC beats Canyons 3-1

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Kat Niksto gets first win as head coach, SBCC beats Canyons 3-1

Bella Brandt stands in position to serve the ball during a match against the Canyons on Wednesday, Sept. 11 2019, in the Sports Pavilion at City College in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Vaqueros beat the Canyons 3-1.

Bella Brandt stands in position to serve the ball during a match against the Canyons on Wednesday, Sept. 11 2019, in the Sports Pavilion at City College in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Vaqueros beat the Canyons 3-1.

Jesus Villafranco Perez

Bella Brandt stands in position to serve the ball during a match against the Canyons on Wednesday, Sept. 11 2019, in the Sports Pavilion at City College in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Vaqueros beat the Canyons 3-1.

Jesus Villafranco Perez

Jesus Villafranco Perez

Bella Brandt stands in position to serve the ball during a match against the Canyons on Wednesday, Sept. 11 2019, in the Sports Pavilion at City College in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Vaqueros beat the Canyons 3-1.

Robert J. Gormish, Staff Writer

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Head Coach Kat Niksto led her team to victory Wednesday night as the City College Women’s Volleyball team beat College of the Canyons 3-1 for its first win of the season. 

“We got way better tonight,” Niksto said. “We played phenomenal defense, we were blocking shots really well.”

Freshman outside hitter Lauren Holsted and opposite hitter Gabi Brewer put up some big numbers for the Vaqueros.

“I think we did really well tonight, we worked a lot in practice,” Holsted said. “I think all those things we worked on translated in the game really well. I’m really proud of this team on how hard we worked on our mistakes.”

“I think our communication definitely improved from our last games,” Brewer said. “We are building each other up with less negative energy, and the crowd definitely was pumping us up.” 

After five losses, the team made the necessary adjustments to get themselves in the win column.

“We just want to keep building on what we’ve done so far,” Niksto said. “Starting the game out 2-0 in the first two sets and being able to learn how to maintain throughout the game was huge for us. I couldn’t be more proud of our team’s performance.”

After two away games, the squad returns home to battle Santa Monica at 6 p.m on Sept. 20 in the Sports Pavilion.

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