LOS ANGELES, CA — The East Los Angeles College volleyball team swept their crosstown rival Los Angeles Trade Tech College 3-0 in a non-conference crossover match on the Lady Techster’s home court.
ELAC improves to 8-11 overall while Trade Tech falls to 1-13. Throw out the records, however, when these two rivals meet.
A 10-minute drive separates the schools, which was close to an hour’s worth of LA traffic on this balmy night.
ELAC won 25-17, 25-21, 25-18 in front of a vocal crowd.
Set 1: The first set began in typical rival fashion with three lead changes and two ties. Trade Tech freshman middle blocker Sierra Griffin smashed a kill over the ELAC front line. ELAC led 4-3 then rattled three straight points that included a kill from freshman middle hitter Esther Duru (Lynwood High School) and a Husky block.
The Huskies led 7-5, then put together a 7-1 run and led 14-6 after a kill from sophomore outside hitter Angela Wade (Port of Los Angeles HS). ELAC increased its lead to 21-11 after a front line block from two freshmen, middle hitter Linda Ruiz (Lynwood HS) and setter Jennifer Montes De Oca (Legacy HS). ELAC closed the set with a 4-1 run including a kill on set point.
The Huskies hit more than 10 kills in the set, with Duru hitting at least six. ELAC had three blocks at the net and four aces of which two were by Montes De Oca.
Set 2: The emotional second set saw six lead changes and five ties. Trade Tech turned a 2-1 deficit into a 7-3 lead to the loud approval of the home crowd. Trade Tech led until an ELAC rally caught them at 12-all. Trade Tech took command of the lead again with a mixture of kills and aces. ELAC rallied and tied it again at 18-18 after a sophomore Taryn Higareda (Rosemead HS) kill that popped down the line.
ELAC took a 20-18 lead after a block by freshman middle hitter Jasmine Andres (Bell HS). Trade Tech pulled within one, 22-21, off an ace. After a Tech service error that gave ELAC a 23-21 lead, Duru responded for the Huskies with a kill then a block at the net, at set point.
Set 3: ELAC opened the third set with a 4-1 lead. After a Trade Tech kill closed the gap to 7-5, ELAC increased its lead to 13-6 after two straight aces from Andres. The Huskies increased their lead to 20-10 off a kill from Duru. After an 8-4 rally from the Lady Techsters, the longest rally of the night ensued. Duru drilled a kill at match point.
In earlier action this week, ELAC lost a 25-16, 25-17, 25-10 match to No. 10-statewide ranked El Camino College (17-3) on Oct. 26.
Up Next: The Huskies begin the second round of South Coast North Division play at Rio Hondo College (10-8, 2-2) on Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. ELAC seeks its first SCC North win.
submitted by Tadzio Garcia