The Lancers played one of their best games of the season as they upended the Warriors in four sets.

The Lancers volleyball team extended their current win streak to three games, upsetting the state No. 9-ranked El Camino College on Friday.

The Lancers played one of their best games of the season as they upended the Warriors in four sets, 25-23, 23-25, 25-23 and 25-22.

“I was very impressed with our play Friday,” said outside hitter Nora To’omalatai. “We continued to motivate one another and we never got down on ourselves. We played some of our best volleyball of the season.”

The four-set victory moves the Lancers into a three-way tie for first place in the South Coast Conference and gives them a much-needed boost.

“It was our best match of the season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time,” said interim head coach Bill Sanchez. “Both of our middles were outstanding. We made better decisions than we’ve had recently.”

Although the Lancers are riding a three game winning streak, they have struggled with their composure in close games. The victory against the Warriors proved the Lancers could compete with the elite teams as well as maintain their passionate play throughout the night.

“We still have work to do, but this was a special match for our confidence,” Sanchez added. “We know now we can win this conference if we can get our play to reach a consistent level.”

“I’m very proud of how we played,” added freshman Kendra Logan. “We played really well. We supported each other and had really good team chemistry throughout the night. Even in the set we lost we played well.”

The Lancers were again led by the powerful swing of Nora To’omalatai. To’omalatai recorded 19 kills and a team-high 14 digs. Sophomore Thula Parks recorded 11 kills and three blocks and Angela Banuelos added 9 kills and 6 assisted blocks.

“I’m really proud of Nora,” Logan added. “Both Thula and Nora are great leaders and they continue to provide the leadership and productivity we need.”

 

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