By Kevin Camargo
Volleyball won an away game last Friday, after defeating Los Angeles Trade-Technical College 0-3.
The game started off rough for the Huskies.
The first set consisted of an offensive game for both teams. The score at the end of the first set was 19-25, with East Los Angeles College winning the first set.
“Today’s win was good. We put up a fight (in) the first set because the scores were pretty close, [but] after that we realized we had to use a strategy, which we like to include tipping,” said Kayla Dickerson, ELAC freshman middle.“We definitely had to play smarter, not harder.”
ELAC took the following two sets with more ease.
The second set ended with the score of 25-14 and the last set ended with the score of 25-13.
Dickerson scored the last point of the match.
“We had just messed up on one of our hits and I saw that one spot was open. The ball came over, we got a pass, I came up (and) swung to my right across my body,” said Dickerson. “It felt good knowing that I already had that spot open; so it’s like you play it in your head before the play even happens.”
The team came from a loss to El Camino College before winning the game against LA Trade-Technical College.
“It just makes us push harder because the loss that we came from was a competitive game. We (have) to use this win and build momentum going forward (into) the conference,” said Taryn Higareda, ELAC sophomore setter.
According to the ELAC head coach Elliott Walker the team still has to work on small errors to help them prepare for the start of the conference next week.
“Each game offers a different level of experience and play.
“El Camino is probably one of our top ten teams in the state, and so we had goals that we had to accomplish there; [and] so we did, despite the loss,” said Walker. “What we are taking with us (tonight) is, what do we need to do, (and) what can [we do] better, to get prepared for what lies ahead.”
Coach Walker said the opponent was a basic fundamental team, and ELAC was not playing the fundamental game.
They were playing their advanced game; therefore they were overshooting.
“We always focus on our goals. What our team goals are, what our individual goals are (and) what particular task they need to do on the floor,” said Walker.
Walker is always incentivizing his team not only before and after the game, but also in between sets.
“We couldn’t have done it without the help of our coaches. It really means a lot.
“Every single game that we play, and every single practice we have, allows us to become closer and play better,” said Dickerson.
“This group of girls, you can tell they are here for a purpose. This year is going to be great, I could feel it,” said Higareda. “There’s so much respect and I just love playing with them. It’s so much fun and I just want us to be successful.”
Their next game is at home on Wednesday against Mt. San Antonio College at 6 p.m.