Volleyball ranked high in state

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The Mustangs volleyball team is a group of young players ranked 5th in State and 2nd in Northern California, according to the California Community College Athletic Association.

OUT OF THE GATES ROCKING: The Mustang’s volleyball team came out swinging in the team’s first game of the season against Chabot College, beating Chabot all three matches. PHOTO BY ELEANOR MAFI
OUT OF THE GATES ROCKING: The Mustang’s volleyball team came out swinging in the team’s first game of the season against Chabot College, beating Chabot all three matches. PHOTO BY ELEANOR MAFI

“It is exciting but a lot of pressure. Last year we did not make the post season play and this year we have a talented group in.

The girls have worked hard they fully deserve to be ranked where they are, we have to keep getting better everyday,” said Head Coach Molly Mordaunt.

On Sept. 18, the team played its first game of the season here against Chabot College.

Outside Hitter Lauren Kissel had 23 kills in the game.

The Mustangs beat Chabot in all three matches.

It is still early in the season for the Mustangs but so far they have only lost three games.

“I feel like overall we still have a lot to work on as a team. I feel like we can do a much better job communicating with each other on the court and once we get that down we will be unstoppable. We are a young team, and none of us have played together which gives us more room to grow,” said outside hitter, Jackaul Ahloo.

Opposite/libero Kamea Chock said endurance running and weight lifting help her be a stronger player.

“Practice-wise I pick out what my weaknesses are and really focus on that. I try to get in the most repetition for that, for example, I feel like I am a weak hitter so I work on getting in as much quality hitting reps/swings as I can in efforts to improve,” Chock said.

With so much talent on this year’s team, Mordaunt is basing her starting lineup on stats.

The Mustangs will play against American River College at home at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 2.

Joelise Bond, a freshman formally from Tracy’s West High School, said she already has game-day rituals.

“I like to jam out to some inspiring music before I warm-up, and I pray for all my body part to be protected when I play. I also make sure I do not eat thirty minutes before a game. it is sort of a good luck ritual,” said Bond.