Renegades serve payback against Citrus

Jason Reed, Reporter

With a 12-1 record over its past 13 games, the Bakersfield College volleyball team is in position to capture the Western State South Conference Championship on Nov. 20 against College of the Canyons.

Canyons beat Santa Monica College on Nov.15, and the Renegades, on the same date, beat Citrus College.

That sets up a showdown between the two powerhouses of the WSSC with a 6 p.m. match Nov. 20 at BC.

Both teams are 10-1 in the WSSC, and the match will be the regular-season finale.

BC won its sixth consecutive game when they took down Citrus in three sets. BC won the first set 26-24.

Citrus would go on a 5-0 run to pull even before BC went on to close it out with two straight points.

“It’s awesome,” said BC’s defensive specialist Maddie DeMarco, who finished the game with 21 digs.

“It was just really exciting because this win means that we can win our conference.”

DeMarco said they wanted to come in as a team and get the job done to be able to move on and focus on Canyons with the conference title up for grabs.

In the second set, it was all BC.

The Renegades won the set with ease at 25-13 and played completely in sinc throughout the entire game.

“Preparation,” said BC head coach Carl Ferreira, when asked about his team’s dominant effort.

“The first time we played them, we weren’t nearly as prepared as we were now; just having really good preparation with scouting report and film.”

During the midst of BC’s 12-1 record in 13 games, Citrus has been the only team to knock off the Renegades.

After a 5-6 start to the season, BC went on a six-game winning streak.

The Citrus Owls snapped that streak on Oct. 23 with the Renegades losing in four sets at Citrus.

“We were very excited to come out and play them,” said outside hitter Edithza Urias. Urias finished the game with 14 kills and 17 points to lead the Renegades.

“It feels great, it was something we really wanted to do and we accomplished it,” she said.

BC would go on and win the third set 25-20 to seal the deal dropping Citrus to 7-4 and stopping the Owls’ two-game winning streak.

Earlier in that day, Canyons beat Santa Monica in four sets and will now bring its perfect 8-0 road record to BC.

Canyons come in on a five-game winning streak with its last loss coming Oct. 25 at BC.

The Renegades beat the Cougars in three sets in the two team’s last battle.

BC won 25-21, 25-21, 25-20.

“We’re very excited to go play them again; this game is in the past and now we’re going to focus on Canyons,” said Urias when asked about going against Canyons.

“We have time to prepare both mentally and physically, so we’ll be ready,” she added.