After winning four matches in the DFW Metro-plex the Cougar Volleyball team headed north and west to take part in the Vernon College Volleyball Tournament. Though the venue changed, the results didn't as the Cougars maintained their momentum caputuring three more wins this time over Dallas Christian College and Clarendon College on Friday and Brookhaven, again, on Saturday. The win over Clarendon marked the sixth win of the season, and exceeds CBC's win total for the entire 2017 season. It also marked Head Coach Paul Cantrell's 175th collegiate career win, spanning 10 seasons.
Dallas Christian College
Coastal Bend College 25 26 25
Dallas Christian College 23 24 15
The Cougars had to fight their way to their first straight set sweep of the season, but it was a sweep nonetheless as the middle hitting combination of Precious Lopez and Emma Batte lead the way for the Cougar offense; collecting nine and eight kills respectively. Sydney Whitaker chipped in another seven kills. The "Double AA Defense" combination of Alyssa Estrada and Alyssa Hutcherson were again all over the court collecting 20 and 13 DCC shots respectively.
Coastal Bend College 22 25 25 25
Clarendon College 25 6 23 22
The Cougars ran into a fired up group of Bulldogs when they tangled with Clarendon in the day's nightcap. Clarendon won the serve pass battle in the first set garnering a 25-22 win. The Cougars would rally in the second set in a big way, blowing out the Bulldogs 25-6. The third and fourth sets were a cat and dog fight, but the Cougars walked away victors. Sophomore outside hitter, Lindsay Garibay paced the Cougars offense with 12 kills; while Karizma Matelski added eight kills and Batte and Cameron Del Angel each contributed seven put-aways. Samantha Santos spread the offense amongst five Cougar attackers, with each of those positions getting double digit attempts. She finished with a match high 40 assists.
Defensively the "Double AA's" dug 48 of the Cougars 76 total digs. Hutcherson snared 28 while Estrada claimed 20. Garibay collected 11 digs of her own. Batte was a force at the net rejecting five blocks, to go along with seven kills.
Coastal Bend College 15 21 25 25 15
Brookhaven College 25 25 21 16 12
The Cougar odyssey began with a five-set thriller, so the Cougars thought they should close out the week the way it began. Brookhaven took Set one easily using it's fast paced offense and excellent serving game to rattle the Cougars. CBC regrouped in set two, but couldn't finish off the Bears late. With the fatigue of six matches in three days showing, the Cougars began clawing their way back into the match taking a tight set three before rolling over their opponent in set four to force the deciding game. In the blink of eye, CBC was again on the ropes looking at a 8-3 deficit at the side change. Using the serve of Alyssa Estrada and summoning energy from somewhere, CBC went on to score 12 of the next 16 points, winning the final stanza 15-12.
Freshman Middle Emma Batte was on fire sharing the team lead in kills with nine (Matelski), and stopping six shots at the net to lead the team. Defensively the Cougars picked up 102 shots, with Hutcherson again crossing the 40 mark, picking up 41, while Cierra Hernandez gobbled up 27. For her work running the Cougar offense, freshman setter Samantha Santos was named to the All-Tournament Team.