Women’s Volleyball takes a tough loss against Sac City

The women’s volleyball team lost their seventh conference match, 3-0, against Sacramento City College on Friday evening.

The Hawk’s had a slow start to the game which allowed the Panthers to gain their first win in the conference.

“We did not execute what we wanted to do,” said Head Coach Kari Nahlen. “We definitely had some good spurts of play, but we just didn’t do that as a whole.”  

The Hawk’s were not ready for the intensity the Panthers brought to the court, resulting in a 25-19 loss in the first set.

The low energy the Hawk’s came out with contributed to their loss of the game. The team needs to come out with energy and keep their energy consistent throughout the entire game said team captain Rebekkah McLaughlin, a returning sophomore that plays setter.

The Hawk’s picked up their momentum in the second set, but the Panthers were able to maintain their intensity. The Panthers won the second set, 25-18, leaving one last opportunity for the Hawk’s to bring their game to the court.

“They just hit around our blocks very well and hit in our weak areas that we weren’t there for,” said McLaughlin.

After the second set loss, the Hawk’s were able to put up an intense fight and lead majority of the third set. The Panther’s retaliated with a stronger fight that the Hawk’s couldn’t keep up with. The Hawk’s fell short in the third set, losing 25-22, allowing the Panther’s to take the match win.

“We didn’t play up to, I guess, the level that we could potentially play to,” said team captain Abigail Hicks, a freshman defensive specialist.

The Hawks are now tied for last place in the conference with Sacramento City College and Diablo Valley College with standings of 1-7.

“We want to take at least four games in the last half of the conference, which that would be a big feat,” said Nahlen. “We had three wins last year in conference, so taking four in just the last half would be a good feat in itself.”