Women’s volleyball fall to the Vaqueros

Women’s volleyball didn’t leave with a win on their second to last game at home, losing to Santa Barbara City College in straight sets.

Catelynn Pulido led the Brahmas with 17 kills, followed by Rachel Wiley with five. Landry Bearden led the team with 18 assists.

Assistant Coach Meaghan Wheeler said they have to areas to improve on.

“I definitely think we can continue to pick up our defensive control and free ball passes when we get those situations,” Wheeler said. “I thought serving and passing were pretty good and you know just a little more tweaks on our offense to continue to involve more hitters.”

In the first set, it was back and forth between both teams. The game was tied at 14, but the Vaqueros would hang on to win the first set 25-16.

The Brahmas came in close in the second set despite an injury of  Rachel Wiley. Each team took a turn taking the lead. The Brahmas were up 22-18, but Santa Barbara came back to win  set two 26-24.

The Vaqueros would finish things off in the third set 25-15.

Linnea Romero said that as a team they should work on their coordination.

“When there’s like last minute adjustments everybody knows rotations and where they’re supposed to be so that we can place the ball correctly,” Romero said. “Make them [the opponent] make the mistakes. I think we made it chaotic on our side because we didn’t go back to the fundamentals of it. We just kept trying to be fancy and we just needed to play.”

Lindsey Saavedra said they could improve on calling more balls but thinks they played good as a team.

“We tried our best, we never gave up on the ball,” Saavedra said. “Although one of our players got injured we still gave it our all. So I think we did pretty much everything we could.”

Despite their loss and an injury, Zhou said they had a good game.

“They played very well. I think this is the one of the best play of the season,” Zhou said. “Unfortunately, Rachel got hurt and I think she’s fine, maybe she needs  three or five days to get better.”

The Brahmas have another home game against Santa Monica College on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.