College's Cougars Stifled in Playoffs

The College of Alameda women's volleyball team's 2013 season came to an end in the first round of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) NorCal regional playoffs on Nov. 26.

The Cougars fell flat as Cabrillo College of Aptos came out armed with plenty of experience and talent that stifled the young Cougars team on both offense and defense. The Seahawks swept the Cougars 3-0 (25-8, 25-7, 25-14).

College of Alameda came into the road contest as the heavy underdog. They were the 16th seed out of 16 teams and the Seahawks were the one seed in the playoff bracket.

"We really came to play tonight," said Cougar head coach Linda Thompson. "However, we were up against a team that was 25-0 and thirstier than we were. I'm still proud of my team, we came in second place in the Bay Valley Conference and earned a berth to the playoffs. I absolutely love how the team worked hard during these past couple of weeks and overall it was a great season."

The Cougars were held to a total of 17 kills on 75 attempts while committing 14 hitting errors for a .040 hitting clip. On defense, the Cougars collected 34 digs and put up three solo blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Eboni Green led the Cougars on defense with 16 digs and freshman middle blocker Taylor Elliott added two solo blocks.

Offensively, sophomore middle hitter Christina Curry posted four kills and Green added four kills. Curry added three digs and one solo block. Sophomore outside hitters Emily Carver and Elliott each posted three kills. Carver added seven digs. Freshman setter Jasmine Cruz handed out nine assists and added two kills along with four digs and Marisa Sanchez added eight assists and four digs.

The Cougars end their 2013 season with the most single season wins in program history, a 13-3 Bay Valley Conference record and a 19-8 overall record; including a trip to the NorCal Junior College playoffs.

The Seahawks went on to win the CCCAA California state championship in a 3-1 (28-26, 25-21, 19-25, 25-19) victory over Grossmont College of El Cajon last Saturday, Dec. 7.

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