Volleyball team loses first conference game

By Carlos Alvarez

The East Los Angeles College volleyball team was shutout by 10th-ranked El Camino College, 3-0, Oct. 8 at home in the men’s gym.

ELAC never led in the match losing 25-18, 25-15, 25-16. With the victory the Warriors overall record moves to 10-2, 2-0 in the South Coast Conference, ELAC (7-6, 1-1) dropped their first conference match.

ELAC continues conference play today at 6 p.m. against winless Pasadena City College (0-9, 0-2) at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

El Camino has only lost a total of seven sets all season. The Warriors have defeated nine of their 12 opponents by a 3-0 score.

“We played pretty good. Not fantastic, but pretty good,” El Camino Head Coach Le Valley Pattison said.

ELAC had no answer for El Camino freshman Niekisha Williams and sophomore Kimberly Haney.

Williams and Haney combined for 20 kills, while also providing defensive help that resulted in multiple errors by the ELAC offensive attack.

“We started off slow, but it’s more mental than anything. We had a good week of practice so we were ready,” Haney said.

The Warriors continued their strong start into the second set that forced ELAC Head Coach Elliott Walker to take a timeout with the Huskies down 15-10.

Out of the timeout it was more of the same with the Warriors increasing the lead to 18-11.

“We played really good. We continue to put the pressure on them (ELAC). We had an answer for everything,” Williams said.

The lone bright spot for the Huskies was freshman Mia Madott who had 11 kills in the match.

“I’m proud of how much ELAC has improved. They play with a lot of heart and energy, it’s good for our conference,” Pattison said.

After the match ELAC teammates Vanessa Gutierrez, Eriazmin Mauries, and Madott were honored by Walker for their excellent play for the month of September, receiving co-players of the month.



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