Volleyball state champs pick up where they left off

The Pierce College women’s volleyball team is off to an exceptional season, in spite of losing 10 players from their state championship team.
The Brahmas played nine games and so far and they’ve won every one of them.
They only lost two sets out of the 27 they’ve played this season, posting impressive and dominating victories.
“We’re doing really well, considering there are so many freshman on the team, we’re matching really well with the sophomores, we’re becoming a very strong team,” said freshman setter Janelle Futch. “We’re building an unbreakable bond so the teams are going to have to work really hard to beat us.”
Since the start of the 2011 campaign, the Brahmas have competed in three invitational tournaments: one at Modesto, the second at Pierce, and the third in San Diego.
It was during this last tournament in which the volleyball team lost their first two sets of the season.
It was not very easy for the new players to get in on a team that has a target on the back, a team who everyone wants to beat now.
“At first we weren’t there because we’re a lot of new players and we still trying to get used to being together being a new team,” said freshman opposite hitter Danetta Boykin. “As time is progressing we are getting stronger, we’re building bonds and we’re just having each other’s backs more than we did during the first week of practice.”
Head coach Nabil Mardini mainly emphasizes in players trusting their teammates and holding each other accountable during games.
“We’re taking care of business so far, the players are working very hard and getting better every day,” said Mardini. “We come to practice every day with the mentality that we have to be one percent better by the time we’re done.”
After winning state last semester, head coach Mardini expects more from his players.
“He expects a lot from us so its more like he motivates us by making us expect a lot from ourselves, if we let ourselves down then we’re letting the whole team down.” said Janelle Futch.

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