Beach volleyball crushes Long Beach in second match of doubleheader

The match was never on the side of the visiting Vikings.

With LBCC not having a No. 5 team, it gave El Camino a win to start the match.

Long Beach had just lost 0-5 to the Cypress Chargers, who lost to El Camino 0-5, so the team was in for a short day.

El Camino beach volleyball (2-0) blew past Long Beach City College (0-2) after a crushing 5-0 sweep on Friday.

“Good start, I think its hard to recreate game and practice,” EC coach Le Valley Pattison said. “It’s fun to play an actual opponent, you can tell your strengths and what you need to work on.”

They had plenty of strength to play both matches and didn’t seem to struggle at any point throughout the day.

“I’m proud of my team,” freshman Taylor Brydon said. “I think all the team’s won, we have a pretty solid team (and) we all do our job.”

The team did do its job as Brydon said and the Warriros went 2-0 on the day, none of the starting five pairs lost a match and the team collectively lost just one set.

Cypress College split the doubleheader, beating Long Beach 5-0, but losing to El Camino 0-5 in the first match.

Michelle Shimamoto, sophomore on the No. 2 pair for El Camino, said the Cypress match was very competitive.

“It made us move a lot more than sometimes we’re used to,” Shimamoto said. “It was good to be able to play outside of our own teams.”

The team heads to California State University Northridge for another doubleheader Saturday at 10 a.m. and Shimamoto wants to try and keep things small.

“Trying to keep everything in play, not make simple errors,” she said. “Work on those cut shots to the line and the deep angles.”

Pattison thinks the match will be good experience and practice for more than just the team’s growth.

“I have no idea how good (CSUN is),” Pattison said. “It’s going to be good for (Williams) because she’s going there.”