BY ESTEBAN RAMIREZ Special to The Californian
After sweeping Fullerton College in the first round of the Southern California Regionals, the Bakersfield College volleyball team is looking to build on that momentum heading into tonight's second-round matchup against Mount San Antonio College.
"I feel good about this matchup," BC coach Carl Ferreira said. "I like how we've been playing, but at this point, the first thing we've got to make sure of is that we're playing efficiently: How well we're serving and passing, how well are we running our offense and how well we are paying attention defensively to the scouting reports."
The match is at 7 at BC.
Mount SAC (18-6) finished the season third in the South Coast Conference and took the No. 10 seed in the regionals. On Tuesday, it upset No. 7-seed Grossmont College.
Leading the way for Mount SAC is setter Leau Quiocho (369 assists) and outside hitter Saleen Sanchez (team-leading 164 kills).
"The setter (Quiocho) is a point-scoring playmaker and I think she's the leader," Ferreira said. "She creates point opportunities for the hitters. The other thing they do well is play defense. They convert on digs to score very well. Their conversion rate is great, so I think those are the team's strengths."
Ferreira added that he likes how BC (21-5) has played up to this point.
"I just like the way we're playing right now," he said. "The team's mindset is very collective, and I think that gives us a chance to have great rhythm as a team and a good chance against them."
The winner of the second-round match will face the winner of No. 6 San Diego Mesa-No. 3 Golden West on Tuesday night.
Should BC advance, it would host that match.