The Saddleback women's volleyball team swept past Santa Ana College, 3-0, on Wednesday night inside the Saddleback Gymnasium. The Gauchos are now in sole possession of second place in the Orange Empire Conference.
Saddleback opened the night in a tie for second place, and with eighth place Santa Ana on the schedule it was a good opportunity to move into second place all alone. The Gauchos swept past the Lady Dons 25-19, 25-18, 25-19, and with it overtook Cypress, who was busy falling to Irvine Valley.
Saddleback looked good in all areas, boasting a .394 kill percentage for the night. The Gauchos were led on offense by Helena Lawson, who was 16-of-22 on kill attempts to lead the way. Mandy Sides and Avie Butsko were also solid, finishing with 11 and nine kills, respectively.
Saddleback has the rest of the week off to prepare for a showdown with top-ranked Irvine Valley College next week. The Gauchos will host the Lasers next Wednesday night at 6:00 PM.