by William Hernandez
Despite a late rally the Husky women’s volleyball team lost a tough match to Los Angeles Mission College last Friday in a 3-2 result.
East Los Angeles College was neck-and-neck the entire game with the Eagles. ELAC came close to securing their second win of the season during the late stages of the final set, but they couldn’t find a way to finish off strong.
The Huskies will compete against the San Bernardino Valley College squad today as their matchup starts at 3 p.m.
“We played excellent, but just need to find a way to close out games,” ELAC Head Coach Elliott Walker said.
In the first set, the Huskies were down, 18-15 then rallied with seven consecutive points. The Huskies then surrendered seven unanswered points, losing the first set, 25-22.
The Huskies did not make mistakes in the second set rolling 25-16, riding on the shoulders of outside hitter Eriazmin Mauries and middle hitter Monique Mendibles, who had seven kills each.
The Huskies seized the floor tempo in the third set, having no trouble rebounding from their second set collapse. Outside hitter Jessica Castillo led the Huskies on both sides of the floor, attacking with six sets and cleaning up Mission’s shots with eight digs.
Outside hitter Stephanie Ortiz gave the Huskies a lift with her five kills.
Riding on the shoulders of their skilled players ELAC closed out the fourth set winning 25-22.
ELAC was in great position to seize the win in the final fifth-game set. Husky outside hitter Stephanie Landry cranked a shot off an assist by setter Nissa Gamez for an 11-9 ELAC lead. The Huskies then surrendered two quick points to Mission and then lost the set 15-13.
Walker as well as the players remain optimistic though they lost.
“It’s a tough loss but they understand what they need to do in order to secure the win,” Walker said.
Other key contributors to the game were Gamez who set up 40 assists and Hung Che Shian who was digging up Mission attacks all game long with 18 total digs.