The No. 14 ranked Lancers’ volleyball team extended its current win streak to eight games with an imposing three-set victory over East Los Angeles College Wednesday.
The visiting Huskies played great defense against one of the state’s top teams, but in the end the Lancers were too much to handle, sweeping ELAC, 25-11, 25-9 and 25-18 at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
With the win, the Lancers improved to 11-1 in the South Coast Conference and remain tied for first place with El Camino College, a team they’ve already beaten on the road. A win on Friday against Cerritos College would place the top two teams in the SCC against one another for the South Coast Conference championship.
“You can’t put together a better script than pitting two teams tied for first place playing for a championship on the final night of the conference season,” interim head coach Bill Sanchez said. “We beat El Camino at its place and you can bet that ECC and its outstanding head coach Le Valley Pattison will throw everything at us. All we can do is play our type of volleyball and may the best team win.”
Against ELAC, the Lancers were impressive on both sides of the net, totaling 13 aces and 27 digs. Freshman middle blocker Angela Banuelos put on a serving clinic with five aces against the Huskies.
“Everyone played well tonight, it was a total team effort,” outside hitter Thula Parks said. “We all have the same goal to win our remaining games and keep the win streak alive.”
In one of her best performances of the season, Parks pounded 13 kills and led the Lancers with eight digs. Freshman middle blocker Kendra Logan added five kills and four blocks (three solo) with three aces while powerful sophomore outside hitter Nora To’omalatai had 11 kills and two aces.
“Coming into the game we didn’t want to play to our opponent’s level,” To’omalatai added. “I think we did a pretty good job of controlling the tempo and playing to our level of play. We still have areas we can improve upon, and we’ll continue to work on that in practice. We want to continue our win streak into the playoffs.”
Sophomore right side hitter Brian Hilton chipped in three aces, and starting second-year setter Tiffany Roesler added 26 assists.
The Lancers (13-8 overall) are tied with 12th-ranked El Camino, each having 11-1 conference records. The two will meet next Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. First serve is 6 p.m