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(Photo by DeeDee Jackson)
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ELAC volleyball defeats Cerritos College 3-1

NORWALK, CA — The East Los Angeles College Huskies volleyball team defeated Cerritos College 3-1 in a South Coast Conference crossover game at the Aviary, Cerritos’s renovated gym.  

The Huskies used a strong defense to win the four-set game.

ELAC hit .167 for the match, 43 kills from 138 attempts, but more importantly held Cerritos to .049 with 39 kills in 144 total attempts.

Freshman outside hitter Yicel Quintero (South Gate High School), one of ELAC’s most improved players, stepped up and smashed a season-high 10 kills.

Two freshmen each had eight kills for the Huskies, outside hitter Makkena Ryan (Oakdale HS) and middle hitter Daija Walton (Perris HS).

Freshman setter Aifili Tuita'u (Cajon HS) had an impressive six kills at a clip of .750 percent.

Also on offense, Cerritos had a season-high 15 service aces to ELAC’s seven.

Two ELAC freshmen belted three service aces apiece for the Huskies, outside hitter Bela Gamboa (Downey HS) and libero/defensive specialist Victoria Trejo (Downey HS).

On defense, Ryan had a team-high 16 digs for the Huskies, sophomore setter Taryn Higareda (Rosemead HS) had 15 and Quintero had 11.

Freshman setter Rachel Cruz (Garfield HS) had a team high 18 assists for the Huskies and Tuita'u dished out 17.

Cerritos freshman setter Sabrina Rivas (California HS) had a game-high 30 assists.

SET 1:  Cerritos built a lead and it looked like it was their set. ELAC, however, rallied back and won the long set, 25-23. The Huskies hit 9 kills from 38 attempts while Cerritos hit 11 kills from 40 attempts.

SET 2: ELAC carried the first-set momentum and won the second set 25-14 outhitting Cerritos .147 percent to minus .053 percent. Cerritos had 10 errors, which more than doubled ELAC’s four.

SET 3: This close set went to Cerritos in a 25-19 win. The Falcons had 13 kills to ELAC’s six.

SET 4: The fourth set was an offensive battle. The Falcons had their biggest lead at 20-13 and the momentum. ELAC adjusted and took it back with a long rally, which included three late key kills from Tuita'u. ELAC led 23-22 and freshman middle hitter Giselle Arredondo (South Gate HS) gave the Huskies match point with a kill. Arredondo followed with a set-ending kill. ELAC totaled 17 kills to nine for Cerritos during the set, which ended on a 12-2 Huskies run.

ELAC would not be denied its possible first-ever win against the Falcons and won the set, game and match 25-23, 25-14, 19-25, 25-22.

“I am proud of (ELAC’s) determination and focus during the contest,” said ELAC head coach Elliott Walker.

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story submitted by Tadzio Garcia