The Lady Cougars opened their 2017 season last weekend, competing in a total of four matches at two tournaments. The Cougars traveled to Butte College for the Butte Classic on August 25, and Modesto Junior College the following day for the Modesto JC Classic.
On Friday, Lassen opened with American River College, falling to the #20 ranked team in the state in three games; 12-25, 21-25, and 16-25. The Cougars played well against ARC and were able to keep the rallies going. Koral Hearn, middle, and Jill Smith, opposite, blocked well, challenging their opponent's offense. Keelin Pilgrim and Smith tallied several strong attacks and played well defensively.
In their second match against College of the Sequoias, the Cougars opened with a win, 25-23, but droppred the next three; 15-25, 18-25, and 18-25. COS had some big hitters and came out with a very quick offense but the Cougars adjusted easily and took the match. Rosario Medinaas held the front line and tallied several blocks. Pilgrim and Hearn ran the court with solid hitting and great defense.
The Cougars traveled to Modesto on Saturday, August 26, where they opened with West Hills College. The Cougars battled in all four games, producing very long rallies but were shutout; 17-25, 26-24, 21-25, and 20-25. West Hills had a couple power hitters that were able to work around Lassen's blocks, but the Lady Cougar's back row defense was able to protect the line. Krysti Collier and Kendal Dummer played great back row defense against West Hill's hitters.
In their final match of the weekend against Modesto Junior College, the Cougars battled hard, but fell in three close sets: 20-25, 23-25, and 25-27. The Cougars played a great match, lead by a strong offense. Outside hitter Ivy Troit tallied several kills and Pilgrim turned in another solid performance, stepping up to play her best game of the weekend.
"Overall, the weekend was a success," said Coach Julie Brown. "This was the first competition this team has played together. There is still a lot of improvement to be made, but I was pleased to see the how they competed as a team. Our setters, Gabi Geoia and Zhayantel Elias, helped our offense and are syncing well with our hitters."
On August 30, the Lady Cougars travel to Mendocino College to play Mendocino and Los Medanos.