What a difference a year makes, particularly for the Cosumnes River College women’s volleyball team. On Friday, the Hawks opened the Big 8 Conference slate with a 25-22, 26-24, 25-23 win over Modesto Junior College, its eighth win of the year.
In 2016, Coach Kari Post’ first season at CRC, the Hawks won six games, one of them was a Big 8 Conference win. They matched that in Friday’s league opener.
“At the end of the game I think we were a little stronger with what we were doing than what they were doing,” Post said. “I feel like we are finishing every match really well.”
The Hawks kept the Pirates off center just about the entire match with several dump shots. Modesto twice had sizeable leads and both times, CRC roared right back. The Pirates had a 24-21 lead in the second set only to see the Hawks win the set, 26-24.
In the third and final set, Modesto led 15-7 then the Hawks battled back to tie it at 16 and led the rest of the way.
Post hit the recruiting trail over the off-season and found some excellent high schoolers looking to take their game to the next level. They include outside hitter/setter Rebakkah McLaughlin from Sutter High School who had eight kills, 13, digs and 20 assists in the win over the Pirates Friday.
“She’s a big factor of why we did well and kept (Modesto) on their toes,” Post said. “They didn’t know what ball was coming next because she was an offensive force.”
Also impressive were Kelsey Brehm (Lodi H.S.) who had seven kills, and four digs, along with Maya Young (McClatchy H.S.),…
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