Brahmas win home opener

The women’s volleyball team started their season off strong, winning their first game against Rio Hondo — hoping to get back to the CCCAA State Championship game in December.

The Brahmas showed no signs of a championship loss hangover as they go right back on track in their season-opener, beating Rio Hondo in three sets: 25-12, 25-10 and 25-18 at home.

“I expected to win. I expected for us to play well,” Coach Nabil Mardini said.  “We’ve been training since July and it’s showing really well.”

Outside hitter Cassidy Rosso, had three service aces and a total of six digs. She also had eight kills and made one error.

Opposite hitter Whitley Doss, had a game-leading 13 hits. She also had three digs and a block assist. The team had a total of 38 kills.

Pierce had 12 service errors and Rio Hondo had only two. Rio Hondo had nine reception errors and Pierce only had one.

Coach Mardini was pleased with the team result as he looks for the team to remain consistent throughout the season.

Assistant Coach Danetta Boykin, who played volleyball for the Brahmas, was pleased with the team display.

“I’m really happy. We have been working hard in the gym for a very long time and it’s showing,” Boykin said. “We practiced for a very long time, so finally it’s like we have a game and it’s time to put it all into action.”

Peyton Moyles, setter for the Brahmas, expressed that the goal is to know who they are as a team. Moyles had the most assists with 28.

For her it’s really special that Boykin, who is a former player and Pierce Hall of Fame inductee,  is part of the coaching staff this year.

“It’s inspirational to have someone with her status and her talent who wants to come and coach us,” Moyles said.

The Brahmas would go on to win the Pierce Kickoff Classic by beating MiraCosta in the championship game in three sets. 25-20, 25-18, and 25-13.

On Saturday, September 3, Pierce will play against LA Mission at 1 p.m. and Grossmont at 7 p.m. at Ken Stanley Court.