Lack of intensity leads to loss

By Jason Sykes, Staff Writer

Losing in straight sets to Solano Community College (7-5 overall, 3-0 in BVC), the women’s volleyball team has now dropped three consecutive Bay Valley Conference games.

The Falcons beat Contra Costa College 25-16, 25-14 and 25-13 to stay undefeated in conference play. The Comets (2-6 overall, 0-3 in the BVC) have had some trouble staying healthy, and finding a system that works for them offensively and defensively.

The Comets started off great in the first set, but Solano began to dissect the Comet defense to win the first set 25-16. CCC was able to match Solano’s intensity but could not muster enough energy to close out the set. Playing from behind has become a trend for the team.

CCC had great passing and chemistry throughout each set, but as SCC began to pull away it was clear that the Comets were losing their intensity.
“Our biggest challenge is keeping up the fire,” middle backer Valeria Avila said.

CCC began the second set strong, as they had done so for the first set. Once again the Solano attack proved to be too much for the Comets to handle. CCC went down two sets and was going to have to find a way to climb out of a hole. After giving their all in the first two sets, fatigue began to set in.

“We played 75 points of just us,” setter Micaela Zaragoza-Soto said of the fact that the Comets had only six players available to play. CCC still lack bodies on its roster and this time it is not because of injury.
Solano went on to win the second set 25-14. Facing a 2-0 deficit, CCC entered the third set with a different mindset.

“We were thinking one point at a time,” coach Zachary Shrieve said. “We can’t think of it as games or sets.”
Setter Richelle Ledesma said that when they are down in sets it’s best to think of it as a new game.
The Falcons had the game under control the entire contest. Although CCC played hard throughout the game fatigue was their eventual downfall.

The Comets return to action at Laney College in Oakland tonight at 6 p.m.