Lancers volleyball swept Rio Hondo and Glendale at the Orange Coast Quad Tournament in Costa Mesa this past weekend in what were their first away games of the season.
Coming off of their first loss last Wednesday against Ventura, middle blocker Kendra Logan, a third-year red shirt sophomore, said they were determined to follow through during the tournament games over this past weekend.
“We learned a lot from it. I think we realized that we can’t just let up on teams,” said Logan of their Wednesday loss. “I know I was getting beat on blocks and stuff like that and we were also getting beat on serve receive a lot, but other than that we were doing pretty well.”
Their first tournament match was against Rio Hondo and the Lancers won 3-1, giving up their second set 22-25 but coming back and shutting down Rio Hondo in the last two sets 25-15.
Coach Kari Post said that sophomore middle blocker Chy’Annea Hodges was a powerhouse over the weekend, with two digs, three solo blocks and 10 block assists against Rio Hondo.
“I think that overall for the whole weekend Chy’Annea Hodges—she just shined— she blocked the ball like a beast,” said Post.
The Lancers women felt confident playing Glendale, but freshman setter Hannah Clarke felt that they needlessly gave up runs later in the game, even though they swept them 3-0.
“We played our game, the first set, very well—that’s when we actually got our runs —but we kind of gave up a lot of runs,” said Clarke. “I feel like the only thing we need to work on is getting consistent in playing our game.”
Post said that although there are a lot of experienced players on the court this year, a lot of them are returning from a season off so it still feels like a new team. One of her goals for her first year as head volleyball coach is an even record this season. Right now they are 4-1.
Post is excited to see how the Lancers women perform at the Pierce Invitational this weekend against teams like Pierce—the No. 2 team in the state, along with Foothill.
“The big thing for us is that we’re going to have to be able to serve receive,” said Post. “Passing the ball is one of the biggest consistencies that we’re going to have to face. We’re going to be playing teams like Pierce and it’ll be fun to see how we match up to them. I think we are very close if not just as good as them.
The Lancers are headed to Woodland Hills this Friday for the two-day Pierce Invitational in Woodland Hills.
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