Cougars Enter Regionals

The College of Alameda (CoA) women's volleyball team stretched its league record to 12-3 on the season after a tough 3-2 win over Yuba College of Marysville on Friday, Nov. 15 on the road.

The five-set match was a battle worthy of two of the top teams in the Bay Valley Conference (BVC). The Yuba Forty-Niners took the first set 25-19. The Cougars rebounded to win the second set 25-23. The two teams traded the third and fourth sets with Yuba winning 25-22 and CoA winning 25-23 respectively. The game came down to the final and deciding fifth set and the Cougars crushed its opposition 15-6.

"To defeat a very good team like Yuba College twice this season, is a very positive step forward for the Cougar women's volleyball team," said CoA head coach Linda Thompson. "To win this match on the road makes it more meaningful because Yuba very seldom loses a home match. It took a tremendous team effort from every player to bring the victory back to College of Alameda."

The Cougars recorded 62 kills on 162 total attempts and nine service aces. On defense, the Cougars collected 90 digs, put up 12 blocks (ten solo and two assists). Four Cougar players recorded double- doubles including sophomore outside hitter Eboni Green who recorded her team-leading 12th double-double of the season with her match-high 19 kills and a teambest 29 digs.

Green posted a .341 hitting clip and would also score the final kill for match point in set five. Sophomore outside hitter Emily Carver pounded 15 kills along with 16 digs for her fifth double-double on the season. Carver added two services and two solo blocks.

The Cougars finished off its regular season with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-18) sweep of Contra Costa College last Tuesday, Nov. 19. The win moved the Cougars overall record to 19-7 on the season.

The Cougars strong season earned recognition from its conference. Four CoA players were named to regular season all-conference teams. Green and Carver were named to the BVC first team along with eight other players. Christina Curry was named to the BVC second team with five others and freshman Jasmine Cruz was named to the BVC honorable mention team.

The Cougars are now gearing up for the California Community College Athletic Association Women's volleyball regional tournament now that the regular season has come to an end. The Cougars had no easy task in the first round. The Cougars are the 16th seed out of 16 teams so they took on No. 1 seed Cabrillo College of Aptos Tuesday, Nov. 26, in the first round. (The game took place after deadline.)

This marks the Cougars' first-ever appearance in the "Sweet Sixteen" tournament.