The Ventura College beach volleyball team was on the road Friday on their home beach, taking on Bakersfield and host Moorpark in their Western State Conference openers at the Harbor Cove Courts at the Ventura Marina. The Pirates (6-4, 2-0) swept the Renegades 5-0 before edging the Raiders 3-2. Brooklyn Wallet and Faith Mackie had the match-winner at No. 4 against Moorpark, winning in three sets while Shantalle Ruiz and Kasie Spencer also had two victories on the day.
In the opener, the Pirates swept the Renegades for the second time this season. They first met to open the season with a non-conference match on Feb. 15. Ruiz and Spencer had the biggest margin of victory in their straight-set win while Kambria Dowling and Kayla Hosch won at No. 5, 21-16, 21-14. Morgan Gallagher and Jordan Neria won in the No. 2 position, 21-16, 21-15 while Raphaella Rosales and Vanessa Ihrke came from behind to capture the No. 1 slot, 16-21, 21-10, 15-13.
In the second match of the day, Ventura edged host Moorpark 3-2. The Pirates took the early lead with a 21-10, 21-15 victory by Ruiz and Dpencer. VC went ahead 2-0 with Dowling and Payton Greiner's 21-10, 21-14 triumph at No. 5. The Raiders came back to capture wins at Nos. 2 and 1 before Wallet and Mackie posted a come-from-behind 4-21, 21-17, 15-7 win to capture the match for Ventura.
Ventura next travels to Cal State Bakersfield on Friday March 22 to take on Glendale and Victor Valley in Western State Conference competition.
Ventura 5, Bakersfield 0
1's Raphaella Rosales/Vanessa Ihrke (VC) def. P. Zepada/M. Townson (BC), 16-21, 21-10, 15-13
2's Morgan Gallagher/Jordan Neria (VC) def. J. Merante/L. Camarillo (BC), 21-16, 21-15
3's Shantalle Ruiz/Kasie Spencer (VC) def. J. Strode/S. Lopez (BC), 21-11, 21-11
4's Brooklyn Wallet/Faith Mackie (VC) def. K. Garcia/P. Gonzalez(BC), 21-18, 17-21, 15-9
5's Kambria Dowling/Kayla Hosch (VC) def. J. Johnson/K. Villavazo (BC), 21-16, 21-14
Ventura 3, Moorpark 2
1's - Rosales/Ihrke (VC) lost to W. Guthrie/S. Means (MC) 21-19, 21-19
2's - Gallagher/Neria (VC) lost to K. Franco/A. Wolf (MC) 21-17, 21-10
3's - Ruiz/Spencer (VC) def. J. Grogg/S. Long (MC) 21-10, 21-15
4's - Wallet/Mackie (VC) def. M. Stevens/A. Romain (MC) 4-21, 21-17, 15-7
5's - Dowling/Payton Greiner (VC) def. C. Beurer/E. Beauvoir (MC) 21-10, 21-14
Order of Finish: 3, 5, 2, 1, 4