Offensive effort saves win streak


Cody Casares / The Advocate

Comet outside hitter Alejandra Galvez spikes the ball over Eagle middle blocker Da’ja Archer during CCC’s 3-0 win over Laney College in the Gymnasium on Sept. 20.

By Jaleel Perry, Advocate Staff

The volleyball team took a step forward Wednesday night, winning 3-0 against Laney College (0-3 overall and 0-2 in the Bay Valley Conference)  while extending its undefeated run in the Gymnasium.

The Comets got off to a bad start this season after losing their first four games but managed to win both of their home games in an attempt to get back on course.

CCC started off all three sets in front, gaining the lead quickly over the Eagles.

Laney had three fewer players than the Comets, giving CCC the opportunity to take advantage of the other team’s exhausted players.

“I feel really good. The players work so hard during practice. They deserve to get the W.,” coach Christy Tianero said.

The next game will be at Colombia College where the team will try to keep its two-game winning streak alive.

CCC got off to a good pace in the first set, gaining the lead over the Eagles 13-10 before the Eagles managed to surge back and regain the lead 20-18.

Shortly after, the momentum that Laney had came to an end as the Comets begin to push back and take the lead 22-21.

The Eagles began making mental errors on offense such as reaching over the net or having the same player touching the ball twice in a row on the same possession.

It was unforced errors like these that allowed the Comets to pull away in the first set.

To close out the first set, Comet outside hitter Jaqueline Tianero (3 points and 9 digs) saved the ball from touching the floor by hitting the ball over the net quickly and leaving the undermanned Eagles without enough time to react to the ball.

The Comets took the first set 25-21.

The second set began with CCC jumping out to an early lead of 7-1, forcing Laney to call a timeout. The Comets’ offensive continuity forced Laney to play out of sync and miscommunicate on rotations.

CCC was in control for the entire second set eventually jumping out to a 23-13 advantage. With every point being applauded and amplified by chanting teammates, CCC began to gain more confidence with every play, and it showed.

“I’m really proud. We’ve been talking a lot more on defense and really improved from last year. I feel really good about this year,” Comet outside hitter Alejandra Galvez said.

The Eagles continued to struggle on offense with another bad serve to give the Comets the final point to win the second set 25-16.

The Comets faced pressure all throughout the third set but never showed signs of doubt.

Every point was cheered on by the crowd and CCC led the game early 10-5 in the third.

Laney began to surge back and scored five unanswered points to tie the game at 10, causing Tianero to call a timeout.

Shortly after, a monstrous spike by outside hitter Alejandra Galvez gained momentum for the Comets, sparking a four-point run, giving CCC a 17-12 lead. Suddenly, the Eagles forced their way back into the game with timely scores, yet they still trailed 21-20 in the third set.

After stretching their last home match to five sets after leading 2-0, the Comets had no intention of giving up the lead or the match.

CCC managed to hold its lead through a tough fought third set.

Right side hitter Amy Palomares delivered the game-winning spike for the home team.

“I feel pretty good. We have a two-game home winning streak, so yeah, I feel pretty good right now,” Palomares said.

The Comets took the third set 25-21 and the match 3-0.