Cougars pounce, crush Comets
Volleyball team falls flat in three sets
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 15:10
The intensity was there for the women’s volleyball team, and outside hitter Jessica Neville’s’ pre-game warm up shots echoed ferociously throughout the gym.
But after all of that the Comets (2-6 in the Bay Valley Conference, 2-8 overall) lost in three straight sets to College of Alameda in the Gymnasium Friday.
In the first set CCC kept it close at 6-6 and even took a 7-6 lead, their only lead of the night, only to quickly fall back behind 9-7. After back-to-back great digs by the Cougars the Comets trailed 13-7 midway through the first set.
First place Alameda (8-0 BVC, 14-4 overall) executed its game plan of double teaming Neville every time she went up for a kill shot.
“They’re (Alameda) a really good team,” Comet middle blocker Valeria Avila said. “They are a very organized team and they knew what they were doing. But in the end they’re still human and they just beat us in sets. I actually thought that we could win this.”
Alameda wanted to keep two bodies up with Neville and they did by winning the first set 25-16. The Cougars’ game plan worked as Neville was forced to make adjustments by increasing her distance on point of attack — she had to get farther from the net to score a point.
In the second set the Comets got off to slow start, falling behind 5-0. Halfway through the second set CCC was down 14-4.
“In every game we really try,” said CCC setter Richelle Ledesma. “We put all our efforts and our hearts into it. We fight for every game. Even against other teams not as good as Alameda.”
CCC connected on four straight points to make the second set seem closer at 22-11, but ultimately lost 25-11.
The Comets’ rally cry sparked the team before play in the third set. Neville led off the set with two kill shots. CCC kept it close at 4-4 but then faltered and before the Comets knew it, they were down 15-5, and looked tired mid- way through the third and final set. A bad serve by middle blocker Rachelle Cuevas put CCC down 20-6 and the Comets took the loss 25-8.
Outside hitter Rebecca Gehlan said that she thinks the Comets played their best game against the Cougars. The team is midway through its season. Alameda came into the game undefeated in conference play at 7-0 and have established themselves as the team to beat this year.
“Think about it,” Gehlan said. “Sometimes our spirits come up and sometimes they go down. When it’s up, our energy and everything else works together. Just not tonight.”
The Comets next game is against the College of Marin (3-5 in the BVC, 3-13 overall) on Friday in the Gymnasium.