Hancock College's volleyball team had some good moments Wednesday night. The Bulldogs just didn't have enough of them.
Moorpark College overcame small Hancock early leads in all three sets, and the Raiders swept the Bulldogs 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 at Hancock College at Joe White Memorial Gymnasium, spoiling the Bulldogs' Western State Conference opener and saddling them with their first home loss this year.
Meghan Conlan racked up 14 kills and Cindy Norris added 10 as the Raiders moved to 5-7, 1-1. Taylor Nevitt had 13 kills and three blocks for the Bulldogs (0-1, 3-9) who fell at home after defeating San Bernardino and West Los Angeles in non-conference matches at Joe White Memorial Gym.
Hancock scored first in all three sets Wednesday night, but different problems plagued the Bulldogs at various times.
They missed six serves in the first set. They couldn't solve Conlan and Norris in the second. In the third, they contained both of them, but their mistakes mounted.
"Too many bad passes, too many hitting errors," in the third set, said Hancock coach Julio Molina.
"(Norris and Conlan) are two of the best hitters in the conference. We figured them out."
Hancock had trouble with its serving in warm-ups, and it carried over into the first set. Still, the Bulldogs, led by the hitting of Nevitt and Chyanne Thomas, stayed with the Raiders most of the way.
Moorpark finally went ahead for good that set when Alyssa Wilson, from near the net, hit a shot that went through the Bulldogs block to put the Raiders ahead 18-17.
"Our serving is not where it should be, and once we start having problems we struggle to get out of it," said Molina. "But once we do, we do OK. After that first set, we only missed four serves."
The second set was tied at 11-all and then the Raiders took control with three points on Sierra Joyner's serve. Conlan and Yesenia Vega made a block for one point, Carly Campbell made a block for another and a Bulldogs block attempt went wide.
Nevitt finally gave the Bulldogs a sideout with a block, but the Raiders stayed in front the rest of the set.
Rebecca Davis gave Hancock a lift in the third set with some sharp serves. She served the first three points of the set, but the Raiders reeled off seven on Norris' serve once they got the ball back.
Led by libero Christine Flores, the Bulldogs started stopping Conlan's and Norris' kill attempts more often, and Nevitt drew the Bulldogs within 9-8 with a kill.
The Raiders slowly pulled away after that as the Bulldogs' hitting errors mounted. Two came during a three-point Conlan serving run that put Moorpark ahead 16-10.
Hancock saved three match points, but the Raiders made a save on a good serve by Flores, and then a violation by the Bulldogs gave the Raiders the match.
Cassidy Simental had 24 assists and 10 digs for the Raiders. Joyner made 14 digs.
Thomas racked up 10 kills for the Bulldogs. Davis had 22 assists, 10 digs and three aces. Flores was the digs leader for the match with 23, and she served two aces.
Hancock will play a 6 p.m. WSC match at Santa Barbara City College Friday night.