PALM DESERT, CA — The East Los Angeles College volleyball team won its second-consecutive game with a five set win against host College of the Desert. They also ended Imperial Valley Tournament play with a win on Sept. 3.
The Huskies improved to 2-3 overall in non-conference play.
In the win vs. Desert (2-3), the teams traded scores in the first two sets. Imperial Valley took the opening set 25-23 and ELAC returned the favor with a 25-23 second set win.
ELAC kept the momentum winning the third set 25-22. Desert came back and won the fourth set 25-21. The Huskies won the close fifth set 15-11 and the match 3-2: 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 15-11.
Sophomore Angela Wade (Port of Los Angeles HS) had 10 kills, 3 assists, 2 service aces, 21 digs and 3 blocks.
Three Huskies slammed 12 kills each, freshmen middle hitter Esther Duru (Lynwood HS) and outside hitter Julisa Leon (Orthopedic Medical Magnet HS) and sophomore Stephanie Landry (Montebello HS).
Duru added 4 blocks, 3 service aces and 13 digs. Leon had added 3 service aces and 21 digs. Landry added four blocks. The Huskies hit 51 total kills. Freshman middle hitter Jasmine Andres had 3 blocked shots and 11 digs.
At the Imperial Valley Tournament, the Huskies lost 3-0 to Mt. San Jacinto College (3-2), lost 3-0 to Arizona Western College and defeated Imperial Valley 3-1.
Against Mt. San Jacinto, the Huskies absorbed a 25-23, 25-19, 25-17 loss.
ELAC had more kills than Mt. San Jacinto, 35-27, but the Huskies had 21 service and four blocking errors to none for the Eagles.
In the 25-13, 27-25, 25-16 loss to undefeated Arizona Western (7-0), the Huskies almost doubled the amount of Matador errors, 32-17. Duru amassed 12 kills while freshmen setter Taryn Higareda (Rosemead HS) a team-high 11 assists and 9 digs.
ELAC played eight and six Huskies, respectively, in the losses to Mt. San Jacinto and Arizona Western. The Huskies suited 10 players in the win against Imperial Valley.
Key to the 24-26, 25-17, 25-15, 25-21 win against Imperial Valley (0-3), the Huskies had less errors, which was key to the win. Imperial Valley had 29 errors and 16 service errors to ELAC’s 17 and 12, respectively.
Duru had an outstanding game for the Huskies with 19 kills, 13 blocks and 9 digs, each game-high stats.
The Huskies host the ELAC Quad in the South Gym on Wednesday, Sept. 14. ELAC faces San Bernardino Valley College (3-4) at 3:30 p.m. and Cuyamaca (1-2) College at 6 p.m.
Santa Monica College (0-8) plays Cuyamaca also at 3:30 p.m. and San Bernardino Valley at 6 p.m.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia