49ers dominate in straight sets

Lack of reserves remains a problem for volleyball team


Qing Huang / The Advocate

Comet outside hitter Rachelle Cuevas (right) attempts to loft the ball over the net toward 49er outside hitter Victoria Helm during CCC’s loss to Yuba College in the Gymnasium on Friday.

By Jason Sykes, Staff Writer

Beginning Bay Valley Conference play, the volleyball team lost in straight sets against the Yuba College 49ers on Friday.

The high-energy Comets came up short of the victory.

The 49ers had their way, sweeping CCC (0-1 in the BVC). The 49ers won the sets 25-11, 25-11, and 25-17. The Comets have been making on-the-fly adjustments since the beginning of the season.

Outside hitter Rachelle Cuevas said, “We just couldn’t cover.”
Yuba executed offensively, throwing stunts and fakes at the Comets. The chemistry was natural among the 49ers. 

The Comets would respond with great effort defensively, but the lack of height hurt the squad. Middle backer Valeria Avila sat out once again with an ankle injury, which left the Comets vulnerable defensively.
CCC struggled to cover ground in the game, which allowed Yuba to pick and choose wherever they wanted to place the ball.

The 49ers’ ball control was superb. They mixed it up with different plays and kept the Comets off balance defensively.

Offensively CCC showed potential but could not execute effectively. The Comet passing game was hit and miss.

Setter Micaela Zaragoza-Soto said that CCC needed better ball control and better passing.

The Comets did not back down from the challenge presented by the 49ers, despite being overmatched.

“We played up to our competition,” coach Zachary Shrieve said.
The squad has some positive things coming for the team this upcoming week. Key defensive player Avila will be back, and the team will put to use a new on-court position.

Shrieve will assign a player as the libero. The libero’s job is primarily defensive, focusing on receiving serves. The Comets expect the additional role to provide a better defensive attack going forth.

The Comets hope to be back at full strength next week. CCC continues conference play at College of Alameda tonight at 6 p.m.