WILMINGTON, CA — The East Los Angeles College volleyball team won a non-conference crossover sweep, 25-19, 25-14, 25-8, at Los Angeles Harbor College today.
The Huskies, 7-9 overall, ended-their five-game losing skid with the win and evened their non-conference crossover series’ at 1-1.
ELAC’s next three games are each non-conference crossover games beginning with a home game on Friday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. against Cerritos College (7-9).
The Huskies host the state’s No. 10-ranked El Camino College (14-3) on Wednesday, Oct. 26 and play at crosstown rival Los Angeles Trade Tech College (1-9) on Friday, Oct. 28, both at 6 p.m.
East Los Angeles College freshman middle hitter Esther Duru (Lynwood High School) had game-high 14 kills (.458 per cent) and three blocked shots.
Duru leads the state in two categories with 90 blocked shots to date and 70 block assists. She is second best in the state with an average of 1.61 blocked shots per set.
ELAC sophomore outside hitter Angela Wade (Port of Los Angeles HS) hit a game-high five service aces. She also had five kills hitting with a .421 clip.
Freshman outside hitter Julisa Leon (Orthopedic Hospital Medical Magnet HS) hit 11 kills (.474) and freshman defensive specialist Silvia Lemus (Wilson HS) had a game-high 10 digs.
The Huskies lost a non-conference crossover match to No. 16 Long Beach City College (11-3), 25-17, 25-23, 25-11 on Wednesday at home.
Set 1: The Vikings opened with a 3-0 lead, The Huskies rallied to pull within four, down 8-4. After Long Beach went up 14-5, the Huskies scored three unanswered points; the latter on block from the ELAC front line. Down 21-15, ELAC scored two straight points, the latter from a Leon kill. Long Beach closed out with three points for the 25-17 set win.
Set 2: The seesaw second set included eight ties and nine lead changes. Two Leon kills contributed to a 9-7 Husky lead. Long Beach responded with an 8-2 run and led 15-11. ELAC rallied to tie the score at 20-all, which included one kill each from Duru, sophomore middle hitter Stephanie Landry (Montebello HS) and freshman setter Taryn Higadera (Rosemead HS); Wade two kills. Two Duru kills followed, but two Husky block errors as well. Long Beach won the set 25-23.
Set 3: Vocal communication by the Huskies quieted in the third set for the Huskies. Long Beach opened a 17-7 lead and never looked back. Down 24-9, ELAC saved two match points. During the match, the Husky bench yelled repeatedly “they have no hitters, only No. 14,” which was Viking sophomore Jessica Kaeka who hit a game high 17 kills. ELAC’s hitting percentage was .083. Leon had three service aces for the Huskies.
submitted by Tadzio Garcia