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Fourth-set blowout pushes men’s volleyball team to 3-1 win over Santa Barbara City College

After losing the third set to a rebounded visiting team, there were some things that the men’s volleyball team needed in order to close out the win.

“We were just sloppy and making careless mistakes,” El Camino head coach Dick Blount said.

He inverted the rotations in the beginning of set four and the Warriors busted out a 4-0 run forcing a timeout from the Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros.

El Camino blew it open to a 10-2 lead forcing another timeout, the final one for SBCC.

El Camino’s men’s volleyball team (6-6 overall, 3-2 in the South Coast Conference) would go on to win set four and the match 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 17-25, 25-11) against the visiting SBCC Vaqueros on Wednesday.

“Games one, two and four we showed up,” Blount said. “Game three we were complacent, to (SBCC’s) credit they played like they were capable, and we were a little flat.”

In the past four games, sophomore libero Andre Labayan has been switched out for freshman libero Eric Veliz. The other game that he was not switched out, he did not play at all.

“A good libero passes what we call 2.4 (passes) out of a possible three (passes),” Blount said. “They both have sputtered at times and they’ve both been brilliant at times, so you tell me on Friday who’s going to be good?”

After a strong offensive output in a loss at Long Beach City College on Friday, March 11, the team wanted to take that energy and bring it into this game.

“Coming in to practice we wanted to focus on cleaning up our errors,” sophomore outside hitter Nehemiah Iosia said. “(I wanted to) keep the ball in play, give my team another chance to comeback.”

But it wasn’t just the offense that had a strong showing for El Camino, sophomore middle blocker Peter Nordel thought the team’s defense came out to play tonight.

“Our passing and blocking was a lot better,” he said. “Those two things really carried us through.”

The Warriors are on the road against Santa Monica College, 2015 State Champions, on Friday at 6 p.m.

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