Brahmas defeat Mission College

The Brahmas got the upper hand, beating Mission College on Friday, but the team is hoping to improve before the State Championships.

The Brahmas took the first set and struggled in the start of the second and third, but they were able to come back on top. 

The Brahmas took the first set with little issues, but faltered in the second set. Mission College had a 5-3 lead, but the Brahmas won 25-20.

In the third set, the Eagles had a 5-1 lead. The lead was taken back and forth, until the  Brahmas took a 16-14 lead.

The Brahmas didn’t give up the lead after that, and ended the third set 25-19.

Head coach Nabil Mardini said the game was good. Mardini was unsure of the matchup between Mission College, but said that at the end, they were a good opponent.

“Mission is a good team,” he said. “They put pressure on us by keeping the ball alive.”

Despite the win, Mardini still wants to see improvements and tweaks in performance from the team.

“We need to take care of the easy balls,” Mardini said.

Mardini said serving started out rocky, but became better by the end.

“We started serving in practice like we preach. It was a really good job,” Mardini said.

The sentiment is not just from the coach. Players are also working to make the stronger.

Julia Izquierdo, libero, said the win was nice, but the team was lacking.

“We didn’t play to our fullest potential,” she said.

Izquierdo hoped to see more challenges from the a game, but also felt the game was a good win.

Kacy Hele, center, said the game could’ve gone better.

“There are small errors we should not be making,” Hele said.

Hele said the slow start in the second and third sets was due to a lack of sufficient warm up before the game. 

“It was communication and energy,” Hele said. “We needed to keep the energy from the first set.”

Hele said there are aspects that need to be better if the team wants to go far this year.

Cario Harell, middle blocker, agreed and said the team had a lack of energy.

“We just didn’t have a lot of energy going into the game,” Harell said. “It wasn’t Brahma ball.”

Harell said that communication between the team could be improved.

“We need more confidence and trust in each other,” Harell said.

Harell said that Mission was a good team, the Eagles only had the the lead during the first half of the second and third set because of errors the Brahmas made.

“We made the mistakes.” Harell said.

The Brahmas’ next game is on Friday, Sept. 22 at 4:00 p.m.