Historic season comes to an end

Historic season comes to an end

The Saddleback women's volleyball program saw its season come to an end on Tuesday night at Grossmont College with a 3-0 loss to the Griffins.  The Gaucho season ended at 19-9, but had a ton of highlights along the way.

Saddleback had its best season in 19 years, qualifying for the playoffs for a second straight season and setting some program highs.  On Tuesday it came to a halt as the Gauchos couldn't mount any runs against a Grossmont program that will now face Irvine Valley College for a chance at the state tournament.

Saddleback seemed to have a tough run in every set on Tuesday.  The Gauchos were even with the Griffins in the opening set at 9-9 when Grossmont made a run, scoring 10 of the next 13 points in route to a 25-18 win.  Set two had a similar feel with Saddleback trailing 17-18 when Grossmont ripped off seven of the last nine points for a 25-19 win.  The final set, unfortunately, was a carbon copy of the first two when the two teams were tied 10-10 before the Griffins made yet another run to close out the match, 25-19.

Saddleback's season ends at 19-9 overall and finishing third in the Orange Empire Conference (12-4).  Along the way the team had a lot of high points, which will be something to look back on as it prepares for the 2018 campaign.


19 – most wins since 1998 (24)
2 – the first time the program has qualified for the playoffs twice in a row since 97-98
14 – the number of shutouts in 2017
6 – the number of consecutive shutouts during the season (Sept. 6-20)
3 – the number of sets taken from the top-ranked team in the state (Irvine Valley)
224 – the number of kills from team-leader Kendall Nolan
530 – the number of assists by team-leader Antonette Rolda
362 – the number of digs by team-leader Kelli Dowell
55 – the number of total blocks from team-leader Avie Butsko
4 – the 19 wins tied the fourth most wins in program history
12 – the 12 wins in conference tied the second most wins since joining the Orange Empire Conference in 1986