Taft College Cougars Women's Volleyball

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The volleyball team, has posted an overall record of 270 wins and 122 losses in 3 of 5 game matches at Taft College since 1996.  During this period of time, the volleyball team has won 5 conference championships and in 2004, the team finished 4th in the State of California. Another of the volleyball team’s accomplishments was being awarded the 2001 Scholar Team Award by the Commission on Athletics while also winning the Central Valley Conference Championship.  The 2001 team boasts the highest team grade point average of all California community college volleyball teams in that year.

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Former Cougar, Tiffany Mapusaga Named GNAC Player of the Week
From St. Joseph University, Connecticut
September 21, 2015

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – University of Saint Joseph senior Tiffany Mapusaga (Waianae, Haw.) was named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 20, it was announced Monday.

Mapusaga, the 2014 GNAC Offensive Player of the Year, claimed her first weekly honor of the season. She had 37 kills in 11 sets over three matches against only seven hitting errors on 91 attacks for a .330 hitting percentage. She also had 31 digs and served five aces to lead USJ to a 3-0 week.

Mapusaga had 15 kills and 14 digs in a four-set win over Mitchell and 15 kills (on only 30 swings) and 11 digs in a big GNAC win over Suffolk Saturday. She is presently fifth in the GNAC at 2.81 kills per set.

USJ (5-3 overall, 1-1 GNAC) next plays Thur. Sept. 24 when it hosts Daniel Webster at the O’Connell Center in a non-conference match at 7 p.m.

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Nor Cal Powerhouses Sweep Cougars in Volleyball
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
September 16, 2015

Taft College’s volleyball team ventured north Wednesday where they ran into a couple of buzzsaws.

The Cougars were swept by Shasta (9-3) and Santa Rosa (9-2) and saw their non-conference record dip below .500 at 5-7.

TC will get a week off from competition but will hit the practice court to prepare for the Central Valley Conference opener next Wednesday at Columbia College (4-4) in Sonora.

Against Shasta and Santa Rosa – matches played at West Valley College in Saratoga – the Cougars lost 18-25, 24-26, 19-25 and 15-25, 15-25, 18-25.

Individual statistics were unavailable at press time.

Sophomore defensive specialist Halle Neher missed the action while recovering from a concussion.

The CVC looks like this so far in non-conference action: Fresno 4-2, Columbia and Reedley both 4-4, Merced 2-2, Taft 5-7 and Porterville 0-2. West Hills-Coalinga did not schedule any non-conference matches, choosing instead to focus on the practice court to get ready for CVC wars.

After the long trip to Sonora the Cougars will dip back into non-conference action at the San Diego City College tournament on Sept. 26.

Then it’s a trip to Porterville before culminating a month on the road when the Cougars entertain West Hills on Oct. 2.

Taft College Sports Roundup-Volleyball and 2 Soccer Teams Lose
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
September 3, 2015

It’s been a rough week for Taft College’s fall sports teams.

The volleyball team and both soccer teams lost home matches early in the week.

The Cougar volleyball team lost twice in a round robin TC hosted with northern California powerhouses Sacramento City and Foothill.

The soccer teams both lost non-conference matches to visiting Santa Barbara City College by identical 1-0 scores.

In the opening match of the round robin, the Cougars lost 3-1 to Sac City.

The visitors won the first two sets 25-17 and 25-15 before the Cougars surged back to capture the third set 25-19. The Panthers polished things off by winning the fourth set 25-19

The Cougars were on the defensive throughout against the much taller Panthers. Janell Molina led the effort with 12 digs followed by Halle Neher with 7, Madeline Griffith with 6, Kamalani Kahele 4, Nalani Kekuawela and Virgie Salanoa-Sagapolu 3.

In attacks the Cougars managed just 30 kills with Kekuawela leading the way with 12. Salanoa-Sagapolu had 7 and Sky Parker 5.

Setter Griffith tossed up 29 assists.

TC managed just three blocks against Sac City’s tall front line.

In the day’s final match Foothill swept the Cougars 25-20, 25-16 and 25-14.

Neher led the defense with 12 digs followed by Skyler Taumua with 10 and Griffith with 9.

Kekuawela had 15 kills to lead the offense and Griffith had 23 assists.

The twin loss evened TC’s record to 2-2 heading into a long road trip the rest of the month.

Both Taft College soccer teams lost 1-0 matches here Tuesday to visiting Santa Barbara City College.

Although both Vaquero teams were more physical and that proved to be the difference, the Cougars were able to keep the matches close.

The Cougar women, who opened the season last Saturday with a 2-1 win over San Diego City College, this time out were unable to seriously threaten the SBCC goal.

The Vaqueros, meanwhile, recorded their third consecutive shutout of the young season.

The only goal came in the 36th minute when freshman defender Baylee Vincent shook loose on the left side and fired a clearing shot from a Cougar defender into the left side of the net from about 30 yards out. The winning goal came moments after an SBCC throw-in.

SBCC coach John Sisterson, in a quote posted on the school’s sports website, said Vincent’s game-winner “was like a missile. I think that’s the first time I’ve seen her kick it with her right foot.”

Vaquero goalie Alex Camarillo and her defenders denied the Cougars.

The Cougar men lost a heartbreaker on a penalty kick in the 75th minute.

Taft College Goes 2-0 to Open Volleyball Season
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
October 31, 2015

Taft College won both of its matches Saturday in a season-opening volleyball round robin held on the Cougar court.

But after the Cougars defeated Allan Hancock of Santa Maria and Cerro Coso of Ridgecrest, both by scores of 3-1, head coach Kanoe Bandy was not smiling.

“We didn’t play as well as a team as we should have,” she said. “We sure have a lot of work to do on that.”

First, it was the season opener and she has a young team that’s larger than she’s accustomed to – 14 players. That doesn’t count the three players who are red-shirting this season.

“I don’t think we ever got over the jitters,” Bandy said. “We have some excellent, talented players, but they’ve got to figure out how to play together. It was hard to watch, so we’ve got some kinks to work out.”

Second, everyone was trying hard – maybe too hard.

“They seemed so afraid to make a mistake,” she said. “At this point everyone is battling for a position. I wanted to see how they manage their way out of it. They need to figure out how to get out of it.”

They’ll have a harder time, for sure, when they host another round robin Wednesday – also in the Cougar Sports Center – where the opposition figures to be considerably stronger.

This time northern California powerhouses Sacramento City and Foothill come to town. TC will play Sac City at 2 p.m. to kick things off. After Sacramento and Foothill play at 4 the Cougars will return to the court to finish things off against Foothill.

It will be the season opener for both Sac City and Foothill.

“We know they will be very tough,” Bandy said. “Both have been playing together all summer.”

Both have huge enrollments and draw plenty of talent from their districts. Taft, on the other hand, is small and rural and must rely on out-of-district athletes to field a team and, therefore, unable to hold a summer sports class like their opponents.

On Saturday TC defeated Hancock 25-13, 25-14, 21-25 and 25-19, then finished the day buy beating Cerro Coso 25-21, 19-25, 25-22 and 25-17.

Sophomore libero Halle Neher, a Taft High product, paced the defense, which kept TC in position to score points. She finished with 27 defensive digs.

Skyler Taumua delivered 18 digs, Madeline Griffith 16, Virgie Salanoa-Sagapolu 15, Nalani Kekuawela 9, Kamalani Kahele and Janell Molina 5 each, Courtnie Perry and Skye Parker 3 apiece and Baillie Jensen 2.

Cougar setter Griffith tossed up 73 assists on the day.

TC Volleyball Hosting Mini Tournament This Saturday
by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
October 27, 2015

Veteran Taft College volleyball boss Kanoe Bandy will lead her team into Saturday’s three-team season opener without the benefit of a pre-season scrimmage.

She likes the idea of scrimmages so she can give all her players an early test, and that used to happen with a day of scrums against several colleges at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster.

“We usually have a scrimmage, but Antelope Valley isn’t doing that this year,” she said.

Instead the Cougars will host Allan Hancock of Santa Maria and Cerro Coso of Ridgecrest in a three-way mini-tournament in the Al Baldock Cougar Sports Center.

Bandy’s Cougars and Hancock’s Bulldogs will christen things at 11 a.m., Cerro Coso steps in to take on Hancock at 1 with Taft and Cerro Coso finishing it off at 3.

One of her biggest challenges will be getting her 17 players the amount of playing time she would like.

“With those numbers the real challenge will be rotating everyone in,” Bandy said, but she likes having that kind of depth.

“I think we will be more competitive than we were last year (when the Cougars were 11-16 overall, 7-7 Central Valley Conference),” Bandy said.  “We don’t have much height but we will be a very aggressive team.  This team has good basic skills and will keep the ball in play.”

However, she has some reservations about Saturday.

“I’m not sure we will be ready for Saturday with the numbers we have.”
Bandy likes her team’s work ethic.

“This is a really good group to work with,” she said.  “They are very hard working.”

The player who has set the tone is sophomore defensive specialist Halle Neher (Taft High).

“She has just done an awesome job,” Bandy said.  “She is so solid in the back row.  Last year she kept us in games, and she came back ready to go.”

Both matches Saturday will be non-conference but next fall Cerro Coso will join the Central Valley Conference, Bandy said.

Aug. 29 vs. Hancock and Cerro Coso; Sept. 2 vs. Sacramento City and Foothill; Sept. 4 vs. Delta and DeAnza in Stockton Sept. 11-12 at Delta Tournament; Sept. 16 vs. Shasta, Santa Rosa and West Valley at Saratoga; Sept. 26 at San Diego City College Tournament.

Sept. 23 at Columbia, Sept. 30 at Porterville, Oct. 2 vs. West Hills, Oct. 7 vs. Reedley, Oct. 9 vs. Merced, Oct. 14 at Fresno, Oct. 21 vs. Columbia, Oct. 23 at Sequoias, Oct. 28 vs. Porterville, Oct. 30 at West Hills, Nov. 2 at Reedley, Nov. 6 at Merced, Nov. 10 vs. Fresno, Nov. 12 vs. Sequoias