15 in a row for Top Ranked Vikings

Story by Leslie Alamillo

The Vikings continued their historic season and won their 15th game in a row and stayed undefeated on the year by beating Santa Monica College, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-22 at LAC’s small gym on March 23, 2018.

Long Beach found themselves in an unfamiliar situation as they dropped the second set to the Corsairs, it was only the second time the Vikings found themselves tied or behind their opponent the other time being their season opener against Irvine Valley.

When adversity hit, Sophomore middle and outside hitter Andrew Pearson said the team’s trust is key to helping them, “When things aren’t working out at times we must trust to help pull us back together as a team to get the win.”

Freshman outside hitter Miller Davis describes his motivation he has for the team as he said, “It feels great adding to the streak! Knowing that the work we have put in so far is paying off is really rewarding and motivating for the future matches. My favorite moment from tonight’s game would have to be when one of our players came off the bench and made some really clutch serves in the fourth set and it sealed the victory.”

Sophomore outside hitter Steven Rotter is excited about the Vikings perfect start but also knows there is still work to be done, “It feels great to be in this position of 15-0 and I just can’t believe all that we have done so far. It doesn’t stop here though. We have 4 games before playoffs and 3 more to be crowned champions. Being 15-0 won’t mean anything if we don’t take it all the way home.”

Rotter also credits the teams veterans and coaching staff for the teams success, “I feel like we have a lot of experienced players on the team, some who have been playing for years, and they are a huge help by coaching us younger players that have less experience. They show us how to perform in bigger games such as tonight’s. If we stay humble and just keep having fun on the court, I think we will be able to keep this streak up.”

The Vikings will search for their 16th consecutive victory on  Friday, March 30 against El Camino Warriors at El Camino and their next home game will be Friday, April 6, at 6 p.m against L.A Trade Tech at the LAC Small Gym.