It took only six sets for the women's volleyball squad to haul in a pair of non-conference victories over Victor Valley and Imperial Valley. The offense was not lenient when it came to a forceful attack, while the defense followed suit with poise and consistency.
Riverside did not allow their opponents to reach more than 17 points in any of the six sets. Sophomore setter Taylor Gardner was dynamic in facilitating the offense by accumulating a total of 59 assists through the two games. She recorded 34 assists in the win over Victor Valley thus snapping her previous season-high mark of 30 assists. Additionally, she added 19 total digs and a pair of aces.
She consistently fed a trio of attackers highlighted by freshman outside hitter Vashti Elias-Romero. She tallied a total of 27 kills throughout the two matches to go along with 40 digs and three aces. Sophomore outside hitter Julia Balancier followed suit with 25 kills and 22 digs.
Sophomore libero Natalie Escher strung together a strong performance against Imperial Valley with 14 digs which was two digs shy of her season high. Sophomore middle Madison Bogh had a strong serving game against Imperial Valley by dropping in four aces.
Riverside (4-2) will return home on Wednesday, September 12 to host Grossmont and Cuyamaca in the RCC Round Robin. Games begin at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.