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Santa Monica College middle blocker Justyce Smith gets the volley going for the Corsairs leading a comeback against Bakersfield during the third set at home Friday night.
Photo by Roger Morante
Santa Monica College middle blocker Justyce Smith gets the volley going for the Corsairs leading a comeback against Bakersfield during the third set at home Friday night.

Sports, Santa Monica College, Volleyball, Santa Monica, Bakersfield

Corsairs Volleyball Battle In Loss To Bakersfield

Santa Monica College outside hitter Hannah Pope gets a kill to bring the Corsairs within four points at 24-20 against Bakersfield at home Friday night.
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Santa Monica College outside hitter Hannah Pope gets a kill to bring the Corsairs within four points at 24-20 against Bakersfield at home Friday night.
Santa Monica College libero Jane Siri gets a dig during the third set against Bakersfield at home Friday night.
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Santa Monica College libero Jane Siri gets a dig during the third set against Bakersfield at home Friday night.

Posted Oct. 19, 2012, 7:04 pm

Roger Morante / Sports Editor

The Santa Monica College (5-10) women's volleyball team lost to Bakersfield college 25-20, 25-18, and 25-22, but the loss felt more like a victory for the Corsairs who scored five unanswered points in the final set to end the league game at home Friday night.

Santa Monica College Volleyball Head Coach Nicole Ryan was proud of her team's performance even though they lost to the Renegades who are currently ranked number seven in the state in junior college volleyball.

"Maybe we didn't actually win but for us to battle like that with them, I think we did really well," said Ryan. "I am really pleased with our progress."

Santa Monica College is in perhaps one of the toughest volleyball leagues, the Western State South League, which hosts powerhouses LA Pierce (21-0), Canyons (10-8), Citrus (10-6), and Bakersfield (9-4) colleges.

Ryan stated that she never knows what to expect from her team and that the season "feels like a game of whac-a-mole."

Ryan singled out sophomores Angie Rinaldi and Ilyn Butac as having a good night against Bakersfield as well as pointing out that her team is made up of mostly freshmen.

"Overall, I am pleased with the way we battled and that we didn't give up in the end," said Ryan. "We've shown that we are maturing as volleyball players and at the end of the day win or lose they put it all out on the floor today."

Next game for the Corsairs is home against Glendale (1-12) Friday Oct. 26 at 7:00 p.m.

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