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(Photo by DeeDee Jackson)
(Photo by DeeDee Jackson)

ELAC volleyball gets two SCC North wins

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — The East Los Angeles College volleyball team earned a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-19) South Coast Conference North road win at Chaffey College at the Sports Center tonight.

The win follows a 3-0 home victory against Rio Hondo College on Friday.

The Huskies improved to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in SCC North play, good enough for third place in the standings.  

Chaffey (5-12, 0-4) falls to fifth place out of five teams and Rio Hondo (7-12, 1-3) falls to fourth place after a 3-1 loss tonight at Mt. San Antonio College (9-10, 3-1) who is second. Pasadena City (11-8, 4-0) stands atop the SCC.

 The Huskies outhit Chaffey with a 60-40 edge in kills with a season-high hitting percentage of .558. ELAC led in blocked shots 16-1, service aces 20-8 and digs 70-62.

Chaffey hit .120 but had more kills in the first set, which they won.

Hitting a game-high 15 kills each were ELAC freshman middle hitter Daija Walton (Perris High School) and Chaffey freshman outside hitter Jazel Perez. Walton hit a season-high .700 for the match with just one error in 20 attacks.

Three women, all Huskies, also smashed double-digit kills. Freshman outside hitter Yicel Quintero (South Gate HS) hit 11, freshman middle hitter Kayla Dickerson (Bell Gardens HS) hit 10 kills at .538 and freshman outside hitter Makkena Ryan (Oakdale HS) hit 10 kills.

Sophomore setter Taryn Higareda (Rosemead HS) coordinated the Husky attack with 30 assists while freshman libero Ashley Castillo (Garfield HS) added 15 digs.

ELAC sophomore outside hitter Miranda Moisa (Downey HS) hit a game-high five service aces and Walton had a game-high three blocks.

Against Rio Hondo, the Huskies outhit the Roadrunners 39-21 with Dickerson pounding a game-high 11 kills at a clip of .600.

Freshman outside hitter Bela Gamboa (Downey HS) hit a game-high four service aces and freshman libero/defensive specialist Victoria Trejo (Downey HS) bombed three aces as did Castillo.

Higareda had a game-high four blocks and freshman setter Aifili Tuita'u (Cajon HS) had a game-high 15 assists.  

SET 1: The Huskies built a lead and it looked like it was their set, but they did have to stay consistent to get the win. ELAC did so by hitting .381 percent to Rio Hondo’s .250 and had an edged in kills, 10-9. ELAC won the set 25-19.

SET 2: ELAC carried the first-set win momentum into the second frame smashing 18 kills to Rio Hondo’s 8. This included outhitting Rio Hondo .467 percent to .222. Still, the set was close, but ELAC did not let down and won the set battle, 25-22.

SET 3: In a set that was evenly matched with kill attempts, 21 for Rio Hondo and 20 for ELAC, the Huskies connected with more kills 11-4. ELAC outhit Rio Hondo .400 percent to .048 and carried through for a 25-16 third-set win.

The Huskies have back-to-back games next week. They travel to No. 13 Long Beach City College (13-3), who has 11 shutouts, on Wednesday, Oct. 25 and host LA Harbor College (7-8) on Thursday, Oct. 26. Both games begin at 6 p.m.

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story submitted by Tadzio Garcia