Women’s volleyball wins 15th conference title

The women’s volleyball team secured its 15th conference title Friday when they beat Victor Valley College in straight sets.

With this win, the record improved to 21-6, and they remain undefeated in conference play at 7-0.

The Brahmas won the first and third set 25-17, and won the second one 25-11.

Head Coach Nabil Mardini said that winning conference is just a small accomplishment, and they have their sights on going to state.

“I just give the girls a pat on the back. Conference champs are all good. To me, it’s just a small accomplishment to winning the big thing,” Mardini said. “I’m not trying to be arrogant or cocky, it just means we have the right to be in the playoffs.”

The team has two games left before postseason, but no team in the WSC-East can match their record. The Citrus College Owls, who are second in the standings, are 5-2 in conference and have an overall record of 18-11.

The team bounced back from the loss to El Camino College by winning the next three matches.

Mardini said that if the team wants to go far, they have to beat teams that they’ll potentially see in the playoffs.

“Victor Valley is not an ElCo team. ElCo is a team we are going to see in the playoffs. I’m just trying to be as real with this whole thing,” Mardini said. “It was a tough loss. We didn’t play bad. The ball just didn’t bounce our way.”

The Brahmas face Glendale Community College before going against the College of the Canyons to end the regular season.

“We are looking forward to the game. We obviously want to seal the deal Wednesday and make sure everyone is fit,” Mardini said. “That game is a good playoff preview. We are going to matchup well against them. I know that the first time we played them we didn’t match well, but we are different teams.”

Mardini said that the key to securing conference was that they have a good team. He said that the team has to apply that in the championship game.

Linnea Romero, the defensive specialist, said that conference will help how they perform in the playoffs.

“Overall, I think that it’s going to help us,” Romero said. “As a player, it’s uplifting to know we won.”

Rachel Wiley, the opposite hitter, said it is a small goal for them and she wants to win it all.

“I’m ecstatic. We want to go the whole way. We believe in each other and we just need to stay humbled,” Wiley said.