Volleyball comes up short to Long Beach

By Bryce Ronquillo

The Volleyball team took South Coast Conference foe Long Beach City College (SCC 3-6, 5-14) into a five-set-thriller but came up short with a loss (26-24, 16-25, 21-25, 27-25, 15-8).

LBCC started off every set with a lead on the Huskies.

However, the Huskies were able to overcome these deficits to make the scores close and retake the lead. The most ELAC was down at the beginning of the set was during the fourth set where LBCC was winning 5-0 and had the lead by as much as nine points.

During the fourth set, the Huskies tied the score at 19. The team’s traded points then LBCC controlled game point at 24-22. ELAC scored two straight points to tie the score off of a kill by sophomore outside hitter Breanna Trujillo and a solo block by sophomore middle blocker Jacqueline Torres.

“I was feeling good that fourth set,” said Trujillo. “I had full confidence we were going to take that set and finish the game.”

Trujillo scored off a roll-shot from the back-row to give the Huskies a one point lead. LBCC freshman outside hitter Kassidy Harrington answered with two kills to give the Vikings the lead. Harrington had 16 kills on 53 attempts and six errors.

With game point on the line, Husky sophomore outside hitter Jessica Nunez hit the ball and it was called out by the referee. This gave LBCC a 27-25 victory to force a fifth set. ELAC was upset with this call because they believed the ball was touched by the LBCC blocker before going out.

“I know that ball was touched by her (LBCC player),” said Nunez. “A ball doesn’t change direction and fly that far unless it is touched.”

In the fifth set LBCC jumped out to an early 11-5 lead followed by an ELAC called a timeout. The Huskies were not able to recover and ended up losing the set 15-8.

Nunez, who is normally a defensive specialist, is playing outside hitting to fill in for the injured sophomore outside hitter, Alexis Salazar. Nunez recorded six kills on 29 attempts and only three errors.

The Huskies had a offensive and serving strategy that was effective against the LBCC defense. The team combined with a total of 10 serving aces. Sophomore right-side hitter Ashley Winet led the way with three.

During the third set the Huskies got aces on back to back servers. The first being Winet, followed by freshman right-side hitter Clarisa Ruiz. This forced the LBCC to take a timeout with ELAC leading 17-13. ELAC eventually won the set 25-16.

“Our strategy was to serve certain areas of the court and to serve them aggressively,” said Winet. “Serving is something that we work on everyday in practice. It’s a very important part of our game.”

Winet said the offensive strategy for her was to hit the ball off of the LBCC blocker’s hands to force it out of bounds resulting in an ELAC point.

Defensively, Freshman defensive specialist Alexis Diaz led the way with 27 a season high digs followed by Trujillo with 17. Three other Huskies were in double figures with digs.

ELAC will travel tonight to Mt. San Antonio college for a 6 p.m. game against the Mounties. Friday the team will play at home against Los Angeles Harbor College at 6 p.m.

 

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