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Moorpark rallies past Vaqueros 3-2 in WSC opener

Freshman Quinlan Dougherty tied his season high with 12 kills. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Freshman Quinlan Dougherty tied his season high with 12 kills. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

SBCC took a 2-1 lead in sets and a 7-4 lead in the fifth set on Friday night but Moorpark rallied back each time to hand the Vaqueros a 3-2 men's volleyball setback in a WSC North opener at the Sports Pavilion. The scores were 25-17, 22-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-8.

"We played a great third set, that was probably the best we've played this year," said coach Jon Newton. "Our problem was keeping it going after that. We lost our focus a little bit. Maybe we got a little too cocky and too confident."

Bradley Freyder led the Raiders (4-9, 1-0) with 13 kills and Zack Erickson added 10. The Raiders built leads of 10-6, 15-9 and 21-13 to win the fourth set. In the fifth set, the Vaqueros (3-10, 0-1) took a 7-4 advantage on a kill by Jarrett Futch and a Raider hitting error. Then the visitors reeled off nine straight points, including three ace serves, to take a 13-7 lead.

Sean Reynaert had 14 kills for the Vaqueros and Quinlan Dougherty had 12. Jarrod Jordan added eight kills and three blocks.

SBCC hit .108 and had five aces and 13 serving errors. The Raiders hit .600 in the fifth set (7 kills, 1 error) and .190 for the match.

Setter Jonathan Baldwin notched a season-high 48 assists. Dougherty, Kealakahi Spain and Stephen Trevitt had nine digs apiece.

The Vaqueros won a tight second set 25-22 on a kill off the block by Dougherty. They dominated the third set with a 13-7 run that broke open a close 8-6 battle. Futch recorded a kill in the middle and a solo block to give the Vaqueros a 21-13 lead. Jordan capped the 25-18 triumph with a slam in the middle.

Santa Barbara returns to action on Friday, March 24 when it hosts Antelope Valley at 6 p.m.