Ventura College Athletics

Sand Volleyball

Pirates Split Pair to Open Conference Play

Taylor Benitez-Fanslow (right) goes for the kill while teammate Shea Mckeown prepares for the return against Santa Monica Friday at Cal State Bakersfield. The Pirates split their first two Western State Conference matches, falling to Bakersfield and defeating the Corsairs.
Taylor Benitez-Fanslow (right) goes for the kill while teammate Shea Mckeown prepares for the return against Santa Monica Friday at Cal State Bakersfield. The Pirates split their first two Western State Conference matches, falling to Bakersfield and defeating the Corsairs.

The VC beach volleyball team split a pair of matches on Friday at Cal State Bakersfield to open Western State Conference play. VC fell to host Bakersfield College in a tight 3-2 contest to open play before coming back to defeat Santa Monica 4-1. Carina Cates and Danielle Garcia were the only double winners for the Pirates (6-5, 1-1), winning twice at the No. 5 slot.

In the first match of the day, the Pirates lost a close one. Four of the five matches went three sets with one, the No. 4 match, having a final difference of just four points. VC's No. 1 pair of Braxton Jessie and Janessa Simental won in three, 21-16, 17-21, 15-8 while the No. 5 pair of Cates and Garcia came from behind to win 18-21, 21-12, 15-5. At No. 4, Sofia Gomez and Jordan Neria lost the first set 21-17 before evening the match with a 21-19 win in the second. in the third set, they fell by a razor-thin margin of 17-15.

Against Santa Monica, the Pirates recovered for the 4-1 victory. Gomez and Neria posted an easy 21-6, 21-9 win at No. 4 while Cates and Garcia won at No. 5, 21-6, 21-11. Taylor Benitez-Fanslow and Shea Mckeown triumphed at No. 3 in straight sets, 21-10, 21-17. Meanwhile, Armonee Hunter and Kasie Spencer were locked in a three-set thriller at No. 2, pulling out a 21-18, 16-21, 15-9 victory. At No. 1, Jessie and Simental fell by a close margin of 22-20, 22-20.

The Pirates continue WSC play at home on Friday March 23. They host Moorpark at 9:00 am and Victor Valley at approximately 1:00 pm at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina.  

Ventura 2, Bakersfield 3
1. Braxton Jessie/Janessa Simental (VC) def. Brooke Horack/Jourdan Muro (BC), 21-16, 17-21, 15-8 
2. Armonee Hunter/Kasie Spencer (VC) lost to Alex Paris/Sarah Armendariz (BC), 21-13, 17-21, 15-6
3. Taylor Benitez-Fanslow/Shea Mckeown (VC) lost to Reece Stevenson/Haley Sanchez (BC), 21-13, 21-19
4. Sofia Gomez/Jordan Neria (VC) lost to Rachel Hoover/Caitlyn Foreman (BC), 21-17, 19-21, 17-15
5. Carina Cates/Danielle Garcia (VC) def. Shyanne Baez/Bianca Logsdon (BC), 18-21, 21-12, 15-5
 
Ventura 4, Santa Monica 1
1. Braxton Jessie/Janessa Simental (VC) lost to Megan Yoon/Chelsea Bostwick (SMC), 22-20, 22-20
2. Armonee Hunter/Kasie Spencer  (VC) def. Taylor Burke/Ada Nadzakova (SMC), 21-18, 16-21, 15-9
3. Taylor Benitez-Fanslow/Shea Mckeown (VC) def. Morgan Tarpley/Paula Hicks (SMC), 21-10, 21-17
4. Sofia Gomez/Jordan Neria (VC) def. Kelsi Pich/Camyrne Sommaripa (SMC), 21-6, 21-9
5. Carina Cates/Danielle Garcia (VC) def. Althea Roble/Carissa Avina-Beltran (SMC), 21-6, 21-11