MONTEREY PARK, CA — For the second time this season, the East Los Angeles College Huskies volleyball team dropped a five-set South Coast Conference game to Pasadena City College.
The Huskies, 11-11 overall and 2-4 in the SCC, remains in third place. Pasadena (15-9, 6-0) remains in the SCC lead.
The Huskies have a chance for a winning season with two games remaining. ELAC plays at Rio Hondo (8-14, 1-4) on Friday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. then hosts Chaffey College (6-15, 1-4) on Tuesday, Nov. 14 in their season finale.
The Huskies won the first set against Pasadena 25-15. Bell High School volleyball coach Efrain Barajas, told ELAC Head Coach Elliott Walker, “You guys (gals) rocked the house. Pasadena didn’t know what hit them. They were stunned.”
The Huskies dropped the second set 25-19 and bounced back to take the third 25-17. Pasadena rallied for two set wins and the 3-2 match win 15-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, 15-9.
“Coach, I have been a part of East Los Angeles College for more than 12 years. Tonight, the passing game was the best that I’ve seen. I really enjoyed the game,” Eldin Onsgard, ELAC retired coach and teacher said to Walker.
ELAC had 53 kills, hitting .272 percent, to Pasadena’s 49 at a clip of .217 percent. “We had the momentum, but I think we get a little nervous and anxious and can’t finish against the bigger teams,” said freshman Makkena Ryan (Oakdale High School).
Three ELAC freshman hit kills in double figures, outside hitter Bela Gamboa (Downey HS) smashed 18, middle hitter Kayla Dickerson (Bell Gardens HS) hit 13 and middle hitter Daija Walton (Perris HS) hit 11.
Freshman setter Aifili Tuita'u (Cajon HS) had 30 assists, Dickerson had a game-high seven blocked shots and sophomore setter Taryn Higareda (Rosemead HS) had a game-high 19 digs.
During the first half of SCC play, Pasadena won a 3-2 thriller, 25-13, 22-25, 25-16, 24-26, 15-4.
The Huskies controlled passing better in a second set for a 25-22 win. In a wild fourth-set that had both sides jumping and hollering, ELAC led 10-3 when Pasadena went on a 9-0 run. The teams fought back-and-forth for leads. The Huskies staved off match point with a Dickerson kill that tied it at 24-24. After a Quintero kill to make it 25-24, ELAC won the dramatic set 26-24 from a Pasadena error. Pasadena controlled the final set for the 3-2 match win.
Freshman outside hitter Yicel Quintero (South Gate HS) was the only Husky to reach double digits in kills with eleven. ELAC won the serving battle, 10 aces to eight. Serving a game-high three service aces each were Higareda and freshman libero/defensive specialist Victoria Trejo (Downey HS).
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story submitted by Tadzio Garcia