Ranked No. 19 in the state in the first women’s volleyball poll of the season, College of San Mateo (6-2) brings a 3-game winning streak home on Wednesday (Sept. 11) against No. 22 Sierra College (4-2) at 2 p.m. That’s part of a doubleheader that begins at noon – with No. 29 Foothill (2-3) playing Sierra.
The Lady Bulldogs, coached by Katie Goldhahn, are off to a solid start. They extended state top-ranked Feather River in the opener at last weekend’s 16-team San Joaquin Delta College tournament in Stockton before taking care of their next three foes. Tourney champ Feather River (8-0) won the first set, 25-21, but was extended before taking the second set, 27-25, and then the match finale, 25-11. CSM then took beat Taft, 3-1; No. 27 Santa Rosa, 3-2; and No. 25 Butte, 3-0.
San Mateo’s only other season loss came in the season opener in five sets against No. 14 De Anza. The Bulldogs won the first two sets but couldn’t put the Dons away in a marathon that went 24-26, 27-29, 25-22, 25-23, and ended 16-14 for the Dons.
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Sophomore Lille Tuivailala, an Aragon grad, leads Coast North Conference players with 90 kills, just ahead of teammate Hannah Gamez (Moreau Catholic) with 81. Freshman Abby Legespi (Aragon) paces the conference in digs with 134 (No. 8 in the state) and is second in the league in digs per set (4.32). Gamez is No. in digs with 89.
Sophomore Ashlee Daguio (Aragon) is the leader in assists per set (9.53), No. 11 in the state. Sophomore Jada Sealy (Willow Glen Pittman) is No. 3 in blocks per set at 0.75, with Tuivailala fifth at 0.63.
NEXT WEEK: The CSM Classic #2 on Wednesday, Sept. 18, features more top foes: The Bulldogs play Gavilan (No. 4 in the state last season) at 1 p.m. and then current No 12 ranked American River at 5 p.m.