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Growing pains; Volleyball team looks to string together victories


Sophomore Regan Bradley (14) digs the ball against San Joaquin Delta College Mustangs Sept. 13. Ryan Middleton | Staff Photographer | [email protected]

Growing pains; Volleyball team looks to string together victories

Though the City College volleyball team currently holds a 2–5 record at the beginning of the 2018 season, the Panthers are looking to turn things around and get the season headed in a positive direction. With the season still in the early stages, they are trying to find balance on both offense and defense.

In 2016 the Panthers went 21-3 and advanced to the second round of the the NorCal Regional Playoffs. The following year the team had a steep decline, finishing with just seven wins and 22 losses, with its first losing season since 2014. City College Head Coach Laurie Nash said this year the team has to keep improving upon their strengths and spend a lot of time on their weaknesses. She said the focus is also to work on being a well balanced team, so that they’re clicking on all cylinders.

“Based on the results from last year, these girls want to create better results this year,” Nash said.

She added that the team has certain strengths that they didn’t have last year, including a more mature team and that the players’ height will play a big factor as the season progresses.

“We’re big at the net this year, but we’re also still trying to learn how to put it all together with our offense,” Nash said.

After starting 0-2, City College got its first win of the season Sept. 5 when they swept City College of San Francisco (25-20, 25-21, 25-21) in three sets. Freshman outside hitter Jaylah Tate led with 16 kills and 18.5 points. Peyton Sorosinski racked up 32 assists and eight digs.

Against San Joaquin Delta, the Panthers were able to win the third set 26-24, after dropping the first two (25-20, 25-19). They went on to lose the fourth set 25-18. In those matches Tate had 16 digs, while returning sophomore Regan Bradley finished with 13.

City College made San Joaquin work for the win as Tate and Bradley were all over the net throughout the game and scored a combined 32 points.

“Our servers were in better rhythm because of our passing, and our transition attack was strong because of our digging,” Nash said.
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“I’m really pleased to see that we can compete with top teams in our conference right now,” she said. “That proves that we’ve made good strides already.”

During the De Anza Classic Sept. 14, the Panthers lost to the De Anza Dons (25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17) in four sets. In the second match the Panthers swept Shasta College (25-22, 25-20, 25-27) for its second win of the season.

“We were just very disciplined and relentless,” said Bradley said about the Shasta game.

Against De Anza, Bradley said she thought the team lacked energy.

“We just didn’t know how to keep the energy high the entire time,” said Bradley, who had 15 kills and five digs in the DeAnza game. “We had a hard time—to where it was more of a challenge in the first game and not necessarily the second game.”

Unfortunately,  City College will be without sophomore Monica Ramirez for the rest of the season. In the second practice of the season, Ramirez tore a ligament in her right ankle, which will require season ending surgery, according to Nash. While out with injury, she said her role is to be the energy from the sidelines while also continuing to be a leader as well.

“Even though I’m on the sidelines, I’m still a teammate, and so I’m going to continue to cheer them on,” she said. Before coming back home to take on Sierra College Sept 21, the Panthers will go on the road to take on the Modesto College Pirates Sept 19.



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