MONTEREY PARK, CA — The East Los Angeles College Huskies volleyball team defeated Cuyamaca College 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-17) in its second match of the year against the Coyotes.
The Huskies previously beat Cuyamaca 3-0 (25-7, 25-13, 25-10).
Rather than pounding out another a big win, ELAC head coach Elliott Walker rotated the entire Huskies roster throughout this game to give the entire team experience working together on the court.
“This game was a study to see where we are and what adjustments we need to make against certain types of teams,” said Walker. “We were looking at our new design, so I also put in some of our younger players to give them an opportunity to see how they respond,” said Walker.
“We changed up our lineups and worked on a series of offenses that the Huskies had not run before,” said Walker.
The Huskies had 44 kills from 67 swings at a clip of .433 percent, splitting them evenly with 14 kills in the first set, 15 in the second set and 15 in the third.
Freshman middle hitter Daija Walton (Perris High School) led the Huskies attack with a game-high 13 kills.
Freshman outside hitter Makkena Ryan (Oakdale HS) had nine kills.
Freshman outside hitter Yicel Quintero (South Gate HS) took advantage of the extra time on the court and smashed a season-high eight kills.
Freshman middle hitter Kayla Dickerson (Bell Gardens HS) hit 7-of-7 kills at a clean 100 percent clip.
Freshman libero/defensive specialist Victoria Trejo (Downey HS) stepped up to the service line on offense and hit seven service aces.
Trejo leads the Huskies with a season total 20 service aces.
Ryan led the Huskies in digs with 11 from all over the court.
“Cuyamaca actually improved a great deal,” said Walker. “With (different) Huskies in, we were not in our steady rhythm and the game became a little unbalanced in our performance.”
“The idea of playing some of different (Huskies) are our defensive specialists worked,” said Walker. “We ran a different defensive system to see how well the younger players worked on our transition attack game.”
The Huskies have a home game against the California Lutheran University JV team on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.
There is no admission to volleyball games.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia