Season ends in heartbreak

Season ends in heartbreak

Pierce Women’s Volleyball played their last game of the season on Wednesday, rematching the Moorpark College Raiders in the Pierce gym and winning 3-0.

Only one-and-a-half minutes into the game, the Brahmas were off to a good start and were up 7-5.

The Raiders moved swiftly, surpassing the Brahmas. At the end of the first set, the Brahmas were down 25-14.

Libero Sophie Larimer saved the ball on several occasions.

“That’s kind of what’s going through my head the entire game,” Larimer said.  “Don’t let the ball drop. Ever.”

The Brahmas and Raiders battled it out, maintaining an almost stagnant tie throughout the entire second set.

The Brahmas called timeout and the scoreboard displayed a close 22-19 with the Brahma’s down, but with a few missed balls, Pierce had just a few fewer points than the Raider’s, ending the 2nd set with a close 25-19.

Lilly Gulley #21 spikes the ball during a game against Moorpark College at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on Nov. 8, 2023. Photo by Myraneli Fabian.

In the second set, outside hitter Lilly Gulley changed the game for her team. She said she just wanted to play hard for the sophomores on her last in-season home game.

“My mindset was just to play my absolute hardest no matter the outcome,” Gulley said.

Gulley also added that the presence of her family motivated her to maintain her dominance on the court.

“My family is visiting from Nebraska and I wanted to play hard for them as well,” Gulley said.

As the Brahma’s went into the third set with passion and effort, the score remained close.

When the timeout was called in the third set, the Brahma’s were down 2-7.

As the Brahma’s came from a timeout, the Raiders scored an instant point.

The game ended 3-0, but the team’s work ethic and positive attitude were imminent throughout the entire game.

Assistant Head Coach Farzad Ramin expressed that he is proud of the player’s performance, especially after acknowledging the adversities they faced with the roster.

“We didn’t have our main center because she tested positive for COVID, so we had to just use our first Libero Gabbs as a center, and this was her first experience, and she played really well,” Ramin said.

Ramin also said they had a few changes in the system, but their passing was “really good and the defense was better.”

“We had a few mistakes, like missing the serves and the setting, but we played really well, especially in the 2nd set when it was tied,” Ramin said.

The women’s volleyball team finished the season with four wins and 19 losses.

Brooke Romano #6 emotional during the last final game of the season and lost against Moorpark College at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., on November 8, 2023. The Brahmas score 0-3. Photo by Myraneli Fabian.

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