By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
SYLMAR, Calif. — College of the Canyons served up 14 aces and All-American middle-blocker Grace Ferguson ended the match with nine kills and a combined six blocks as the Cougars rolled to a 3-0 (25-7, 25-20, 25-15) victory over host L.A. Mission College to open the 2019 campaign.
Ferguson's 16 points (nine kills, three aces, two blocks and four block assists) led Canyons and helped set the tone for what proved to be a convincing opening night win.
With an early win under its belt Canyons will now prep for a meeting with perennial powerhouse Irvine Valley College at 5 p.m. on Friday.
The Cougars and Lasers have met in the regular season every year dating back to 2014, with IVC holding a 3-2 advantage in those meetings. COC recorded back-to-back victories vs. the Lasers in 2015 and 2016.
Canyons and IVC also squared off in the semifinal round of the 2017 CCCAA State Championship tourney. In that meeting the Lasers held off a tough Cougar squad by a 3-2 (25-19, 13-25, 28-26, 23-25, 16-14) final score en route to an eventual state championship.
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