Volleyball breaks out of losing streak

By Bryce Ronquillo

The Husky volleyball team breaks it’s four-game losing streak with a five-set, down to the wire, win (25-22, 25-22, 24-26,18-25, 16-14) over College of the Desert on Wednesday.

Sophomore outside hitter Breanna Trujillo scored the game winning point, with a roll shot out of the back row, that landed just behind the Desert blockers.

This was the first home victory this season for ELAC(3-4).

“Winning at home was amazing. I was screaming, I was so happy. I still think we can play better, but we won,” said sophomore middle blocker Yekaterina Makarova.

The Huskies rallied behind head coach Elliott Walker, who brought his team together after Desert tied up the game at 2-2.

“I told them ‘we don’t change anything, but we change how we approach the game.’ That simply means we had to come out with a positive attitude, understand that we had to attack the ball and keep it in play,” Walker said.

Mistakes plagued the Huskies throughout the game. This played a factor in the two close sets won by Desert. There were a total of 25 attack errors and 18 serving errors for ELAC.

Trujillo picked up the slack on offense with 24 kills on 57 attempts with four errors. Makarova had nine kills on the night along with sophomore outside hitter Alexis Salazar who added eight of her own.

One of the key components for the Huskies was the serving strategy. This gave Desert a difficult time with running its offense.

“We had to make sure we practiced aggressive serving to move the ball around,” Walker said. “Breanna (Trujillo) was a plus tonight. She made sure we had serves in. We also went with Clarissa (Ruiz), who’s been showing improvement during the game.”

“I was nervous… The team did a good job of making me feel better about my serves,” sophomore right-side hitter Clarissa Ruiz said.

Something that won’t show up in the stat books are the words shared by Sophomore setter Ashley Winet to inspire her team when the Huskies were down 16-24 in the third set.

“I told them ‘we need composer, were aren’t going to give up on this set. We are going to fight. We are not a weak team. Get it together,’ that’s basically what I said,” Winet said.

The team was clearly inspired by those words, they scored eight unanswered points to tie up the score but lost the set.

The Huskies will take on Saddleback College at Saddleback Sept. 23 at 5:00 pm.

The next home game will be friday when Cerro Coso Community College, San Bernardino Valley College and Los Angeles Mission College come to ELAC for a quad tournament.

 

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