The Lancers’ volleyball team snapped a 9-match losing streak Friday with a home victory over East Los Angeles College.

Lancers’ outside hitter Lahiz Longobardi spikes the ball against ELAC on Friday. Longobardi led the Lancers with 17 kills and 10 digs
Nagisa Mihara/Courier Lancers’ outside hitter Lahiz Longobardi spikes the ball against ELAC on Friday. Longobardi led the Lancers with 17 kills and 10 digs

With a more relaxed and patient offense, the Lancers were noticeably improved in their first victory of the season, winning in four sets, 25-20, 25-18, 16-25 and 25-19.

With the victory, the Lancers (1-9 overall) improved to 1-2 in conference play, while ELAC (7-7 overall) fell to and 1-2.

“Getting our first victory was very important,” freshman outside hitter Lahiz Longobardi said. “We have to continue to play hard and give everything we have in practice and improve our technique. The time we spend together as a team is very important.”

Longobardi, the Brazilian native and athletic hitter, led PCC on Friday with 17 kills and 10 digs, her first double-double of the season.

Against ELAC, freshman middle hitter Chy’annea Hodges was instrumental in helping the Longobardi and the Lancers secure their first victory of the 2014 season. In arguably the best game of her young career, Hodges recorded 15 kills and three blocks to give the Lancers a much needed balanced attack.

“She’s our best athlete, and tonight she hit the ball extremely hard, dominating East LA’s play around the net,” head coach Bill Sanchez said.

In her first season playing competitive volleyball, Hodges has shown noticeable improvements in all areas of the game and has become a nice complement to Longobardi.

“She’s [Hodges’] doing a better job on tipping and using her leaping ability,” Sanchez said. “For someone who never played the sport, she’s come a long way in a short time.”

Although it took PCC 10 attempts to win their first game of the season, the Lancers are eager to get back on the court and improve.

“We have to continue to push each other and communicate,” freshman right setter Hailey Abdul-Malik said. “We worked hard to get our first victory and I know this team is capable and deserving of much more. We play so much better when we’re patient and playing together as a team.”

Transfer setter Megan Williams recorded a game-high 39 assists for the Lancers, while freshman outside hitter Michelle Boyd added five aces, four kills and eight digs. Sophomore libero Sabrina Takeuchi recorded a game-high 18 digs and freshman outside hitter Eugenia Mendez added 11 digs.

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