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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Volleyball wins in thriller

After their loss against the Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros Wednesday, the Brahmas bounced back against the Golden West College (GWC) Rustler Sam in Friday’s non-conference game.

The Brahmas won the first two sets 25-23 and 25-22, but GWC won the third set 25-18.

In a tough fourth set, the champions wrapped things up in the fourth, winning by a score of 25-22.

Coach Joe Arechiga was happy the team was able to beat a strong team after losing their last game.

“Even though is like a pre-season game, it was a nice bounce-back victory against a good team,” Arechiga said.

Coach Lance Walker was satisfied with win recalling the old history between Brahmas and GWC as former state champions, which each team showed it with intense movements, digs, and kills.

Through excruciating movements and plunges to have control of the ball, both teams struggled to move ahead of each other with not much of a difference in score.

“It was a good game,” Walker said. “Good volleyball was played in both sides and there is a good rivalry between the two teams, which is great. I think it was done with class and poise.”

Walker believes this conference will be significantly tight which is great to motivate his team and keep them in high spirits to compete the same way they did tonight.

“I think they played really good volleyball,” Walker said. “We had a small tactical plan that we tried to execute and the guys came out and took care of the business.”

Outside hitter Brett Norkus was an important component throughout the game, aiding the team in moving ahead when they seemed stuck or falling behind on their sets.

“This was a moral push that we really needed,” Nokus said. We came out from a pretty rough game on Wednesday so having this game under our belt is really going to help us moving forward not only morally but chemistry wise with the team. It really helped us get together as a team.”

In other highlights, Norkus call out his teammate Gene Kim which assisted his team to score big tonight.

“Definitely, our setter Gene was setting out of this mind tonight,” Norkus said. “He really pulled out something great. We are really proud.”

With the win, Pierce improves their overall record to 3-4 and will host the Santa Monica College Corsairs  Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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