LOS ANGELES, CA — The East Los Angeles College volleyball team swept crosstown rival Los Angeles Trade Tech College, 3-0, in a South Coast Conference crossover game.
“(The Huskies) were were patient and worked together to execute team skills,” said ELAC head coach Elliott Walker. “Doing so, they were able to execute effective offensive attacks, defensive maneuvers, coupled with good team tactics.”
Led by freshman middle hitter Daija Walton (Perris High School) with six blocked shots and freshman middle hitter Kayla Dickerson (Bell Gardens HS) with five, the win was the third sweep of the season for the Huskies, who improved to 8-5 overall.
The Huskies hit .371 and have hit better than .350 for the sixth time this season.
Four Huskies totaled 29 of ELAC’s 36 kills against Trade Tech, led by freshman outside hitter Makkena Ryan (Oakdale HS) who had nine and hit .318.
Dickerson and freshman setter Aifili Tuita'u (Cajon HS) each tossed three services aces.
Tuita'u dished out a team high 13 assists. Sophomore setter Taryn Higareda (Rosemead HS) had 10 assists.
Three Huskies totaled 31 of ELAC’s total 51 digs. Ryan had a game-high 11 digs while two freshman each had 10 digs, Gamboa and libero Ashley Castillo (Garfield HS).
SET 1: The rivalry began with three lead changes and three ties then Dickerson snuffed a kill from a long rally that gave the Huskies a 4-3 lead. The ELAC fans drowned out the Trade Tech home crowd. The Huskies built a 9-4 lead that included four kills from Ryan. Trade Tech followed with a 10-5 run for the set’s fifth tie at 14-14. ELAC hit two kills and Dickerson had two service aces and the Huskies led 18-14. Trade Tech later fought off a set point and ELAC led 24-19. Gamboa followed with a kill that gave ELAC the set win 25-19. The Huskies had 13 kills.
SET 2: Tech began with a 1-0 lead followed by an ELAC 13-2 run for a 13-3 lead. Tech took advantage of two Husky errors then won the longest rally of the first two sets to pull within 15-7. ELAC turned on a 7-2 two run for a 22-9 Husky lead. At set point Dickerson continued her big night at the net with a block and an ELAC won this set 25-14.
SET 3: ELAC jumped to a 7-1 lead that included three Husky blocked shots from Watson. ELAC increased its lead to 17-5 off a Gamboa kill that got an ELAC fan to yell, “Way to swing.” Trade Tech followed with two points and ELAC added three for a 20-7 lead, with ELAC freshman setter Rachel Cruz (Garfield HS) belting two-straight service aces. At set point, Dickerson hit clean kill at the net for an ELAC 25-13 set, game and 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-13) match win.
ELAC takes its .333 season hitting average into next week’s South Coast Conference North Division opener against Mt. San Antonio College (6-10).
Don’t let non-conference records fool you, Mt. SAC has played a tough schedule vs. six Top-25 teams. ELAC has played three ranked teams.
The game is on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in the South Gym with free admission.
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story submitted by Tadzio Garcia