The Lancers’ volleyball team competed in the Grossmont Quad tournament on Saturday and lost both their matches against Palomar and Grossmont.
PCC lost in straight sets to Palomar, 25-18, 27-25 and 25-23, in a match that could have gone either way, especially in the second and third games.
Coach Bill Sanchez said the Lancers played well overall, but gave away a few early mistakes.
“Our biggest challenge is dealing with decision making during the game & choosing the best option, while dealing with a lack of experience.” Sanchez said.
PCC does not have any returning players from last season, which means they are developing a new combination. Sanchez singled out Hailey Abdul-Malik for her good decision making and her competitive approach.
The Lancers lost against Grossmont, 25-5, 25-14 and 25-21, who were the CCAA state runners-up.
“Grossmont are a very experienced team and a well-oiled unit, who play a very fast paced game,” Sanchez said, “We responded to their quickness, with Chy’anne Hodges and Megan Williams standing out. Hodges read the game well and our setter Williams played well considering that she had a very tough job.”
Despite the losses, the tournament provided valuable experience, Sanchez said.
“The purpose of the Quad was to expose our team to the best teams and allow the players to spend time with each other,” he said. “Overall, good things happened and we will continue to learn each day up until the last day of the season.”
Sophomore Saige Spence had praise for her coaches and teammates.
“Our coaches know what they’re doing and we’re a very dedicated team who communicates consistently,” she said. “Our serving and defense were the main things that kept us in both games.”
Spence feels that the Lancers will have better game awareness in upcoming matches.
“We’ll be more aware of our court movement and where to place the ball, which will make us a lot smarter,” she said.
The Lancers will next suit up in the Pierce Invitational Tournament on Friday & Saturday, September 26 and 27.