Women’s volleyball beats down L.A. Trade Tech, extends win-streak to three


Sophomore middle blocker Nia Masui spikes the ball during an away game at L.A. Trade Tech College. Wednesday, Oct. 7. The Warriors defeated LA Trade Tech, 25-5. Photo credit: Jo Rankin

After a good rally from L.A. Trade Tech to tie the first set at 2-2, the women’s volleyball team turned on its engines to turn the match.

Eight straight serves for freshman opposite hitter Taylor Brydon helped the team go up 10-2, and the Warriors were not going to sit back and let the Beavers come back.

EC eventually took down Tech, 25-5, and dominated the match on the night.

The EC women’s volleyball team (12-2 overall, 2-0 in the South Coast Conference) visited L.A. Trade Tech College (0-6 overall, 0-2 in the SCC) on Wednesday night and came out strong and won in straight sets (25-5, 25-5, 25-12) over the Beavers.

The Beavers were no match for the visiting Warriors who swept up Cypress College and East L.A. College in their last two home games.

Sophomore middle blocker Jewel Yandall strained her shoulder prior to Wednesday’s game and though she did not play, she felt her replacement, freshman middle blocker Victoria Curtice, did well.

“(Curtice) really stepped up,” Yandall said. “I think she needs a little more ‘oomf’ but she did good.”

Curtice herself felt that filling in for Yandall was “intimidating at first.”

“They are really big shoes to fill,” Curtice said. “I played well, but there is always room for improving, I can’t wait to get back to the gym. I think I tip a lot and I need to be a more aggressive at the net.”

Tonight was Curtice’s first start of the season, due to the injury.

Starting back row setter Nina Wyer, freshman, thought it was a good thing that the injury to Yandall was, potentially, only against Tech.

Yandall said that she may be able to play on Friday, if her injury does not bother her.

Wyer thought the Beavers were scrappy and had “decent passes” which was a lot better than the team thought.

“They rallied a lot and kept a lot of balls in play,” Brydon said, adding on to Wyer’s comments. “They didn’t just give up against us.”

This was the first meeting of the season against each other, and Coach Le Valley Pattison had some things to learn from the dominating performance.

“When you don’t know how the other team will play,” she said, “we just have to concentrate on our side of the ball, and focus on being ready.”

The Warriors will host Pasadena City College on Friday at 6 p.m. in the South Gym.

For more information regarding past game stats and the season schedule, click here.