Raiders volleyball extend win streak with another home sweep


Jordan Moses, sophomore outside hitter for the Moorpark Raiders, goes up for the kill against the Santiago Canyon Hawks at Moorpark College on Feb. 12, 2019. Moses led both teams with 13 kills. Photo credit: Michelle De Leon

By Danny Stipanovich

The Moorpark Raiders (4-1) swept the Santiago Canyon Hawks (2-2) Wednesday afternoon in three sets: 25-18, 25-22, 25-16. The win put the Raiders 2-0 at home, both of them being sweeps.

“We definitely have the team to beat, we just gotta put everything together,” assistant coach Eric Valdivia said. “[If] we play our game, we can beat everybody.”

Sophomore outside hitter, Jordan Moses, led the way against the Hawks with 13 kills. While freshman outside hitter, Ryan Horan, added 10.“We have definitely two of the best outsides in our little state,” Valdivia said.

Jordan Moses, sophomore outside hitter, serves during the second set of the Moorpark Raiders home game against Santiago Canyon on Feb. 12, 2019, as freshman outside hitter Ryan Horan watches. The Raiders outside hitting duo of Moses and Horan combined for 23 kills on the day. Photo credit: Michelle De Leon

Freshman setter, Steven Weese, led Moorpark with 32 assists, putting him 2nd in state in assists. Brent Rasmussen, sophomore outside hitter, led the team with 8 digs.

“We got so many weapons, we can go to anyone on any given day,” Valdivia said. “That makes us scary.”

Both teams struggled to build a lead in the first set until a Horan kill put them up 10-9.

“He’s making smarter decisions. He’s not just trying to hit the ball up there as hard as he can,” assistant coach Alex Barr said. “He’s maturing as a player.”

The Raiders pushed a 9-4 run to put the score at 19-14 until the Hawks went on their own 3-1 run to cut the lead.

But sophomore middle blocker, Dylan Haskell, put the match away with back-to-back kills and the Raiders went on to win 25-18.

Dylan Haskell, sophomore middle blocker of the Moorpark Raiders, extends for the kill on Feb. 13, 2019, during Moorpark's home game against Santiago Canyon. Haskell led the Moorpark with 4 solo blocks. Photo credit: Michelle De Leon

Rasmussen set the tone in the second set with a service ace right away, followed by a kill from Moses.

The Hawks and Raiders traded points until the very end, but the Raiders’ early lead proved helpful as they took the set 25-22.

“As a team we have to keep pressure on the opponents the entire match, because we usually push hard, and then let off,” Horan said.

The Raiders finished off the Hawks 25-16 in the third set.

The Hawks had no answer for Moses’ freak athleticism as he collected 11 of his 13 kills in the last two sets.

Moses is averaging 12.3 kills per game over the Raiders’ three-game win streak.

“When he’s on, we’re a totally different team,” Valdivia said.

The Raiders enter a two-week break at 4-1, first in their conference.

“They’re starting to figure out their identity, and figure out what they have to do to win,” Barr said. “Their scores are looking cleaner, stats are looking better, and things are looking good.”

They host their first conference game against the Santa Barbara Vaqueros, Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m.