Brahmas put the squeeze on Citrus

The women’s volleyball team remained consistent as its high energy and strong defense lead to a league win against Citrus College at home.

The number four nationally ranked Brahmas won its third-straight, winning in three sets, 3-0, Friday Oct. 21.

“We played a good defensive team,” coach Nabil Mardini said. “They dug a lot of balls but we kept our composure. We kept transitioning hard. They did a good job behind the shortest line. Our defense was a lot better that’s for sure.”

In the beginning of the first set, oppositional hitter Shanon Volpis was injured. It appeared to have been a knee injury that put her out the rest of the game.

“If it’s a sprain, I’m hoping two weeks will be good. We can survive without her right now until the playoffs,” Mardini said. “We will deal with it; hopefully she will be okay.”

The Brahmas rallied through after the incident and won the first set, 25-19.

The game became more intense during the second set with fast balls coming at Citrus from Pierce. Mardini received a yellow card after complaining to the refs about two carries that Pierce had committed.

Peyton Moyles, setter, said being the same during practice and at a game is important for the success of the team.

“For us it’s always about keeping consistent energy on and off the court. Sometimes we struggle at letting it off a little bit or putting it back on, but almost our whole entire match we were consistent and stayed on it and I don’t think the team was able to hang with us. So we were able to capitalize,” Moyles said.

The team played offense well against a strong defense by Citrus.

According to Mardini, this was their second match in the Western State Conference and they have six left before making it to the state championships.

“Conference just started and we have playoffs [at the] end of November. So they’re coming up, but conference is still going. I’m excited we have a really really good chance this year to take that all the way and win state and I full heartedly believe that we will,” Moyles said. “We’re a good team we have a lot of talent. I just think we need to be a good mentally tough team if we do that I think we can be unstoppable.”

In the meantime the team has some things that can always be improved on like the serving and serve receive said Whitley Doss, opposite hitter.  

“It’s good, but I think it’s a little inconsistent and I think if we also get our offense down to where it needs to be I think we’ll be unstoppable with the hitters that we have and the arms that we have,” Doss said. “So those two things, as well as our team camaraderies sometimes. It’s there and sometimes it’s not and I think if we have that togetherness at all times I think that is going to win us it all.”

The next game is on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at Victor Valley College.