Story by MICHAEL LINGBERG
Photo by CHIEKO HARA
Originally published in Porterville Recorder 10/1/15
The Porterville College baseball team was in attendance and lifting spirits with some brilliant cheers at Wednesday's volleyball game. But it wasn't enough to lift the Lady Pirates to victory in their home opener, as Taft swept in three sets 11-25, 10-25, 20-25.
The fact there were a few injuries and a player late to the game did not help matters for PC. Head coach Holly Franks said her team did not have the desire to compete with Taft.
"We had no heart tonight," she said. "Things like that are important to us. Friday we'll be looking at a different team."
Not once in the match did the Pirates hold a lead, and in each of the sets, they fell behind at least 2-0 straight away. Not until the third set did Porterville College finally show some competitiveness, helped in large part by the humorous cheers of their baseball counterparts.
While the women were playing, the men sat in the bleachers and mimed riding a roller coaster, complete with locking harnesses, going up the chain lift and taking corners at high speeds with their hands in the air. And of course, there were rally hats.
"Oh, yeah, the rally caps," Franks said. "I loved it. Having that really pumps us up."
In the third set, there were a few positive moments for PC, such as a carefully placed kill by freshman Brooklynne Beavers and a difficult dig inches from the floor by Brandy Rico. Mackenzy Flynn recorded a kill of her own in the middle of the frame.
With the loss to Taft, that makes six straight games and 15 sets in which the Pirates have not won a frame. Their next game is a home matchup with College of the Sequoias at 6 p.m. Friday.
Taft evened its overall record at 8-8, and improved to 2-0 in the Central Valley Conference. PC slipped to 0-6 for the season, and 0-2 in league play.