Starting the game off with confidence and high energy, the Pierce College Men’s Volleyball team won their first game this season.
The Brahmas played against the El Camino Warriors Friday with a final score of 3-0.
Head Coach Joseph Arechiga said this was the team’s first win in over a year, so they felt incredible finally securing a victory.
“This is a team that I knew we could beat the first time we played, but we just made too many mistakes,” Arechiga said. “I think we showed spurts of that in the third set, but the first two were very solid playing, so it’s just a great victory.”
In the first set of the game, the teams went back and forth until the Brahmas pulled away in the second half and took a commanding 1-0 lead.
“We’ve won sets previously this season, but every time we won a set, we’ve had a huge slump in performance,” Arechiga said. “We won the first set, which was awesome, but I was like, ‘Guys, let’s not have that slump again, let’s keep it hot.’ ”
With their momentous performance carrying into the second set, the Brahmas played a continuous dominant game that further extended their lead to 2-0.
“We came out with three to four aces and got a nice lead from there. We changed the pattern and then we pushed through that so I think that was huge.”
Assistant Coach Farzad Ramin said the energy throughout the game was consistent since the team worked on having the same mindset to play as a unit.
“The key moment was that we had the same energy from the first set to the last,” Ramin said. “We went down a little on the last set because we have some injuries, but we came back from that with a win.”
While exhaustion played a vital role, the third and final set had the audience on the edge of their seats. Coming to a tie, and then falling behind, the players tempered their emotions and kept their energy up, leading to a long-awaited victory.
Middle Hitter Bryan Ta expressed his excitement about winning their first game this season.
“There were some tough moments in us missing serves,” Ta said. “But we all got back together and supported each other to bounce back. We feel really great and excited to focus on what we need to work on for future games.”
The next volleyball game is an away game that will take place on March 31 against Antelope Valley at 6:00 pm.