Lady Vaqs Volleyball has a Hard Road Ahead

Lady Vaqs Volleyball has a Hard Road Ahead

Kathy Bakowicz

Lady Vaqs drop one to Chaffey

Jonathan Williams, Sports Editor

A late rally was not enough to push the Lady Vaqs over the Chaffey College Panthers as the GCC women’s volleyball team lost 0-3 at home on Sept. 11.

Yvette Ybarra, head coach of the Lady Vaqs said, “we had too many unforced errors and that hurt us.”

The Panthers struck first and scored the opening point of the match. The lady Vaqs found themselves down early 16-23. The Vaqs did not score another point.

Ybarra remained positive on the court and clapped after a 16-25 game one loss.

Setter Janeth Mosqueda led the Vaqs with five assists.

Outside hitter Brooke Forrester registered 11 kills and had the only service ace of the match for the Vaqueros. Outside hitter Kristin Arkosky tallied 10 kills while defensive specialist Briana Martinez led the game with 24 digs.

Game two was a repeat with the Lady Vaqs down 16-25. One rally led to the ball tumbling off the top of the backboard and led to a Vaquero score.

Game three was different after a close start the Lady Vaqs were only down one to Chaffey College. Chaffey began to pull away and one Chaffey player was dancing on the bench.

The lady Vaqs used this to fuel a strong rally pulling to within six points of the Panthers.

“Well I just called a timeout and really sometimes it just really has to do with the team,” Ybarra said. “They decided to come and work hard and that’s really all it was.”

After a few long rallies, the Vaqs did not have enough to close the gap on the Panthers.

“Its about learning to have tough skin,” Ybarra said after the 20-25 lost.

Martinez, known as the Libero said this after the game, “we needed to start right from the beginning.”

“If we had a lead we would of had that advantage,” she said. “I think we could have communicated more, our serving was just not good at all.”

The lack of communication was apparent. The Lady Vaqs had nearly 18 hitting errors to go along with 10 blocking errors and 10 service errors. Mistakes means points for the other team in volleyball.

“We work in practice all the time on serving but we just can’t fulfill it on the court so we need to work on that,” Martinez said.

This was the third loss in a row for the women’s volleyball team in the last two weeks.

GCC looked to side out at Ventura College on Friday in a five game match.

The Lady Vaqs cruised to an early 2-0 lead over the Pirates. Ventura pushed back to tie the set at 2-2.

Glendale took the fifth game with a close 15-13 victory over the Pirates.

The Lady Vaqs look to keep the momentum going at home against Orange Coast College on Sept. 19 at 6 p.m.