Brahmas earn place in semifinals at Mesa tournament
The Pierce College women’s volleyball team extended their winning streak to 41 straight matches with two victories in the opening rounds of San Diego Mesa College’s Second Invitational Volleyball Tournament Friday at Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif.
The Brahmas won both matches in straight games, defeating Long Beach City College 25-12, 25-11, 25-15 in the opening round match and Palomar 25-13, 25-17, 25-17 in the second round.
The Brahmas have yet to lose a game to an opponent this season.
According to head coach Nabil Mardini, that was expected to be the same on Friday.
“We took care of business,” Mardini said. “We played inferior teams, but the girls didn’t play down at their level. They played as they were expected to.”
Leading the Brahmas’ attack was sophomore outside hitter Danetta Boykin, who tallied 13 kills in both matches.
Sophomore setter Janelle Futch made her impact by registering 62 assists combined in the two games.
“We played very well,” Futch said. “We were working in some new rotations, but they came together really well.”
The Brahmas will face off Saturday morning against Grossmont College, one of the two schools hosting the tournament’s 32 games.
Freshman opposite hitter Ashlea Smith was ready to put Friday’s games behind her and focus on Saturday.
“Winning today feels good, but we’re looking forward to playing Grossmont,” Smith said. “They look like a good team.”
Grossmont will come into the game with a 5-1 record on the year, having lost to Bakersfield in straight games at home on Sept. 8.
Mardini wasn’t ready to chalk the game up as a win just yet.
“Grossmont looks very athletic,” Mardini said. “We scouted them today and have some good things to go over with the girls. It’s going to be a good match.”
A win against Grossmont on Saturday will earn the Brahmas a spot in the tournament’s championship match against the winner of the other semifinal match between Bakersfield and El Camino College.
As back-to-back state champions, Futch and her teammates expect to make the championship match.
“Anything less than a win in the finals is unacceptable,” Futch said.
Pierce’s game against Grossmont will start at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at San Diego Mesa College.
A win against Grossmont will put the Brahmas in the championship game taking place Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at the same venue.
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