8 was worth the wait

Champions.

1986, 1988, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and now 2018.

The Brahmas returned from the CCCAA Men’s Volleyball State Championship with new hardware, memories, and their eighth state title.

Their road to the championship was not an easy one, facing the top two teams in the state.

First, they faced the undefeated No. 1 Long Beach City College Vikings in the semifinals, defeating them in straight sets (25-12, 25-20, 25-19) on Thursday, April 26.

In the finals, the Pirates from Orange Coast College, the No. 2 team in the state, stood in the way of the Brahmas. The match was a competitive, back-and-forth four set affair (25-22, 17-25, 31-29, 25-21).

The Brahmas had faced the Vikings and Pirates three times during the regular season, twice against Long Beach, losing in straight sets in all three matches.

The title is the eighth in the history of the men’s volleyball program, and the first since 2003. The most recent state title for Pierce was women’s volleyball in 2012.

Both of those titles came at the end of multiple championship runs. The men in 2003 capped off four in a row, while the women completed a three-peat.