By Armando Velasquez
After breaking their six game losing streak against Los Angeles Harbor College last week, the Huskies lost 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-21) at Long Beach City College last Wednesday in their final South Coast Conference match of the season..
Long Beach entered the game 11-10 overall, 7-6 in conference play fighting for a playoff spot.
Lomg Beach started the second set with a 5-0 rally led by the tactical hitting of sophomore outside hitter, Celina Yandall. Despite LBCC’s great start in the second set, the Huskies did not go down without a fight.
East Los Angeles College scored six unanswered points to take the lead from the serving of sophomore Claudia Mosqueda, who scored 16 points in the first half of the second set.
Although Mosqueda gave the team the lead, it didn’t take long for Long Beach to respond.
Athleticism and size was a struggle for the Huskies. The blocking by sophomores Danielle Tuitasi and Kaitlyn McMahon of LBCC was something the ELAC hitters could not overcome.
After losing the first two sets by 25-17 and 25-16, it was a must win for the Huskies in the third set, which was without a doubt ELAC’s best.
The Huskies looked to find a spark behind the play of freshman Nissa Gamez, who had 22 assists for the day, and the defense of sophomore Jessica Delgado. The score was tied six times in the third set.
ELAC’s defense was key why they were still in the game late in the third set. Their effort fell short as LBCC swept the Huskies, winning the last set, 25-21.
The Huskies ended the season with an overall record of 4-14 and 3-9 in SCC.