BAKERSFIELD, CA – It was a speedy sweep over the West LA Wildcats to end the night for the Bakersfield College's volleyball team to clinch the Western State Conference South Championship for the fourth year in a row. The Renegades started the night recognizing their eight sophomores, who posted a two-year overall 18-0 league and 22-0 home record.
"We have a long layoff before post season starts, so we will be well rested and prepared. This is about a one game tournament at a time, you got to win to play another day," explained head coach Carl Ferreira, on what to expect next from the Renegades.
Ferreira also commented at looking ahead into the Southern California Regionals, "You have to take one game at a time, to play in the post season it's always hard. The top teams in the south are really good but we have to be hot at the right time. I think we are playing really well, and I am excited for the post season!"
BC jumped out of the gates with a 14-5 lead before West LA took a much-needed timeout. The short break went in Bakersfield's favor as the ladies in red took off from there and never looked back. Unfortunately, the Wild Cats managed to only score three more points and the first set ended, 25-8.
In the same fashion, the Renegades never let West LA lead besides the first service point. BC scratched right through and quickly took the lead once more in the second set with the help of the Renegades on the sideline cheering on Freshman Alyson Dees. Dees took the `Gades to match point on a 12-1 run serving with an ace in her 4th serve. BC finished the set 25-6.
Into the final set, West LA gave BC a bit of a scare trying to climb their way back. The Renegades took a large lead before the Wild Cats were able to go on a 9-5 run and come within five points at 20-15. Fortunately, that would be as close as West LA would come and Bakersfield takes another win with an out of bounds serve, 25-16.
The Renegades will finish their regular season at Antelope Valley on Friday at 6 pm. Bakersfield will wait to see who they play first in the post season and most likely have about 18 days before they begin.