The Saddleback women's volleyball team is off to a solid start and were recognized this week in the opening rankings put together by the California Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches Association (CCCWVCA). The Gauchos open Orange Empire Conference play later this week ranked No. 18 in the state.
Saddleback finished the 2016 season ranked No. 22 in the state and have made some improvements, so it would only stand to reason they would rise in the polls. The Gauchos opened the season 1-3 against scholarship programs from the NJCAA ranks and have since gone 4-1 against programs from California.
Saddleback has put together three straight shutouts after sweeping past Los Angeles Harbor College, Rio Hondo College and Chaffey College. The lone loss on the schedule against programs from the golden state came against undefeated El Camino (5-0), who comes in at No. 9 in the rankings.
Saddleback hosts No. 20 San Diego Mesa College on Wednesday (6PM) in a final tune-up for the conference schedule. The Gauchos travel to Santa Ana to open OEC play on Friday (6PM).