Long Beach City College men’s volleyball team defeated visiting team Fullerton College 3-0 on March 13 having scores of 25-18, 25-22, and 25-17 leaving the vikings at 8-3.
The Vikings had a scrimmage against the Hornets in late January and studied how they played as team.
“Playing them earlier this year gave us an understanding on what to expect, and how they play” said starting server Joseph Rocha.
Rocha played all three sets and ended with three kills, four total attacks and 3.5 points.
Viking Freshmen’s Vinicius da Silva and Uriel Batista both ended in double digits for the Vikings.
Having a total of 52 points as a team, Silva contributed with 13 points, and Batista with 11.5 points.
The men went into the game with confidence, and had a week full of good practice using their whole team including bench players to find the right group.
A main focus for the Vikings was finding cohesion and finding the best group on the floor, including one of the best hitters in the conference Freshman Kyle Anema
Anema came off the bench in set three having four kills and seven total attacks.
First and third set the Vikings were up and got to business, but the second set it was a closer set, and the Hornets kept pressure on the Vikings.
“Set two we lost our focus, Hornets stepped up their pressure, so we had to re-focus” said head coach Jonathan Charette. “Moving forward we will continue to focus on our offense and defense systems”.
“If we focus on our side of the net, and take care of our ball control and serving at a high rate, we can beat anyone” added Charette.
Although the Men’s volleyball team doesn’t get enough support in the stance, the team shows their sportsmanship on and off the floor.
”A lot of times we don’t have a big crowd or audience, so it’s important for us to support our own teammates” said Rocha
The Vikings will next play on the road at Moorpark College on March 15 at 6pm.