BC volleyball comes up short

Jason Reed, Reporter

With a tough conference championship loss at home to College of the Canyons, Bakersfield College failed to secure homecourt and was forced to play on the road in the opening round of the volleyball playoffs tournament.

BC traveled to El Camino College and was defeated in four sets. BC split the first two sets with El Camino before dropping the final two. BC lost the first set 25-20 and went on to win the second one 25-18.

“I thought it was great,” BC head coach Carl Ferreira said when asked about his thoughts on the overall season.

The Renegades went 5-6 in their first 11 games and went on to win 12 of their next 13 before dropping two critical games against Canyons and El Camino. The Renegades finished second in the Western State South Conference with a 10-2 record.

“Anytime you’re putting a team together you kind of don’t know what the end results are going to look like. You have a plan, you take action on your plan and you make adjustments as you go,” said Ferreira as he continued to talk about the season.

The Renegades went on to lose the third set 25-23 before being officially eliminated in the fourth set with a 25-16 defeat.

“The one thing I will say about this team is that up until the very end they were still willing to learn how they can get better than [they were] the day before.”

The playoff loss to El Camino was the second consecutive time the Renegades lost a match 3-1 after sweeping 10 opponents (3-0) in a row.

Sophomore Edithza Urias finished with 11 kills, 10 digs and three aces. Tyler Herring and Alyssa Mathews finished with a combined 21 kills. Mathews also had 23 digs for the Renegades.

“We played really well,” Ferreira explained when asked about the game against El Camino.

“The other team played just a little bit better. They [El Camino] played exceptional defense, probably played as good on defense as any team I played in nine years I’ve been here.”

The Renegades finished the season 17-9 overall.