The student news site of El Camino College

El Camino College The Union

The student news site of El Camino College

El Camino College The Union

The student news site of El Camino College

El Camino College The Union

Volleyball team wins two home games

Capitalizing on the advantages of playing at home, the men’s volleyball team won its match against L.A. Pierce in four games.

The Warriors will get back on the road in hopes of extending their winning streak to three tomorrow when they face Long Beach City College.

“Obviously our young guys are getting a lot better,” coach LeValley Pattison. “They are cutting down on a lot of the mistakes.”

The Warriors have won their last two home matches without having to extend the match into the fifth game.

Against San Diego Mesa last Wednesday, the team won 21-25, 25-19, 25-22, and 25-21.

The Warriors did the same against L.A Pierce 21-25, 25-19, 25-22 and 25-21

“Winning is always a positive sign,” Pattison said. “But we still need to keep improving.”

The team had a strong performance in the match against L.A Pierce and was able to maintain a steady rhythm throughout the game.

“L.A. Pierce is usually very good,” Pattison said. “But they are a little bit young this year.”

Against L.A. Pierce, Ryan Hall led the team with 37 attempts and 16 kills.

Chris Schugt helped the team with 17 digs while Chris Suzuki contributed with 32 assists.

Freshman Laden Tusieseina contributed nine blocks for the Warriors victory.

Ending the losing streak has provided more than just a better record.

Morale among the players has risen to a new level.

“Winning is cool,” Tusieseina said. “We had a great team performance and showed that we have improved a lot as a team.”

The small winning streak that the team has begun has made some players give thanks to sources other than their teammates.

“When we won our first game I said, ‘Thank you, God, we finally won,'” Alec Gilliland said.

The Warriors hosted Moorpark yesterday, but scores were not available at press time.

Winning its last two games has come as a good sign for the team, helping it improve its overall record to 2-5 and giving it the first conference win of the season.

Tomorrow, the Warriors will travel to Long Beach City College to face last years’ state champions.

“Long Beach and Santa Monica are both well coached teams and are usually full of talent,” assistant coach Richard Blount said.

“They were able to bring back some of their more experienced players this year. We are expecting to have a hard time down there,” Blount said.

The team will continue to face strong opponents within its conference, but this young group of players hope to gain more experience as the games go on and continue to win more games.

“As long as we play well, good things will happen,” Pattison said. “We have nothing to lose.”

For some players, facing the defending champs is a challenge they are looking forward to.

“It’s going to be a fun game,” Tusieseina said. “Their fans are usually rowdy, some players can get thrown off, but our guys know how to keep cool and keep their composure.”

“Even though they have loud fans, we have team spirit and that’s all that counts,” Ryan Carter said.

More to Discover