ECC women’s volleyball team loses first game of the season

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El Camino College hosted the women’s volleyball Tri-Team tournament on Friday, September 14, 2018 at the South Gym.

First up were the College of the Canyon Cougars. This game turned out to be a close affair, with many ties, errors, and reversals.

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ECC got off to a slow start, losing the first tight two sets by identical scores of 25-23.

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However, ECC then rallied to win the third set 25-15, and the fourth set 25-20.

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The momentum had shifted, and the Warriors seemed primed for the fifth and deciding set.

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Unfortunately, this was not to be, as the Cougars edged out the Warriors by a score of 15-13 in the decider. This was ECC’s first loss of the season, which had started with five consecutive wins.

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Phina Leilua and Mikayla Clark led the team with 18 kills each. Setters Caitlin Donatucci and Keri Isara contributed 30 and 21 assists respectively.

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On defense, Meris Ewell and Renee Brydon put up 5 blocks each, with Phina Leilua and Sophia Loiola pitching in 3 blocks each. Kelly Donatucci came up with 24 digs.

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Following this tight game, College of the Canyons proceeded to play against Grossmont College. College of the Canyons lost in five sets, 23-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-23, 15-12.

This set the stage for the Warriors to play Grossmont College in the final game of the 3-Way meet, later that afternoon.

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