Pre-Season: Imperial Valley Tournament
Husky Volleyball took the 4 hours ride to Imperial Valley with one mission in mind, to WIN! That they did!
Muttered one athlete, "We're not traveling that far to lose! Yup!, Replied another." The Huskies concluded a challenging practice on Thursday evening in preparation for the tournament. Practice was intense and filled with high energy. Remarked another, "We're getting this! We look good!"
Match 1 East Los Angeles College (0) vs. Mt. San Jacinto College (3)
With that said, the ladies met a well known opponent, the Eagles of Mt. San Jacinto. Off to a slow start, the Huskies were down 0-8. Coach Walker called a time out to refocus the athletes and to set up the defense and offense. After restoring calm, the Huskies came to life and began fighting back. Freshman Alexis Salazar (#7) took a big swing and dropped one in on the Eagles. Freshmen Breanna Trujillo (#1) ripped several jump serves causing the Eagles to shank balls, and to hit balls out of the court. The eight point deficit was cut to 5-8. The Eagles scored a side out. They served, and with a great pass freshman, Alexis Salazar, Sophomore Vanessa Gutierrez (#17) dished a back set to freshman Mia Madot (#11) who ran a fast attack known as slide forcing the side out. The fight was on. Digging in deeper, the Huskies kept fighting and responded well to the opposition. The Huskies took a 2 point lead. Battling back and forth, the Huskies fell short in the end losing set 1 17-25.
The Huskies still did not fold over. Playing a superb game, both offensively and defensively, the Huskies took an early lead and fought to stay alive looking for that opportunity to take the Eagles into a fourth and fifth set. Sitting on two game points, the Huskies fought hard to put the game away to only fall short in the end losing set 3 27-29.