The Lady Vaqs moved to 3-3 in the conference as they shot down the Santa Monica Corsairs 3-1 Friday night.
Head coach Yvette Ybarra and her team cruised to an early one set 1-0 lead over Santa Monica. Middle blocker Ashlie Valmonte went down with an ankle injury in game two.
“It was a shock, I didn’t know what was going on,” she said.
Valmonte had to be carried off the court by the GCC training staff. She was in tears when she was carried to the table.
It was a huge loss for the Lady Vaqs since that was the only game in the match that they lost. Valmonte was sidelined for part of game three. Her tears turned into fuel for Glendale’s engine.She returned and led the team with 10 kills and hopes to play against Bakersfield.
“If I go through treatment, I’ll be ready to play,” Valmonte said.
GCC went on to win the next two games handily 25-19, and finally 25-17 to notch their third win in four tries. The Lady Vaqs defense spurred them to etch another tally in the win column.
“Our bread and butter is our serve/receive,” Ybarra said.
(The “serve/receive” in volleyball is when the defending team looks to pass the ball when the attackers serve. It’s like pitching in baseball.)
“We have some of the best defenders and passers,” she said. “Our digs outweigh our attacks.”
Defensive specialist Briana Mosqueda racked up 22 digs to lead the team. (A dig is a defensive play followin opponents attack.) Brooke Forrester followed behind her with 10. Glendale 74 digs in the match, nearly double the amount of kills.
Outside hitter Aisiah Tuiasosopo earned eight kills on 28 swings to tie with outside hitter Kristin Arkosy for the Lady Vaqs to win in four. The Lady Vaqs look to beat Bakersfield tonight at 6 p.m.