by Dennis McCall
Taft Midway Driller
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.