East County Sports

Griffins volleyball again top PCAC race



From staff and wire reports

FLETCHER HILLS — For one of the few times in the past decade, despite an extremely close series, Grossmont College is actually ranked below conference rival San Diego Mesa in the state community college women’s volleyball poll.

And the Griffins did not take kindly to the chicanery.

On Friday (Sept. 30), in the first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference meeting between the schools, Grossmont College proved more powerful down the stretch in all three sets, sweeping the visiting Olympians, 3-0 (25-24, 26-24, 25-22).

Grossmont (9-3 overall, 4-0 PCAC), by extending its winning streak to seven matches, also breaks the tie for first place with Mesa (12-3, 3-1) in the standings.

Madi Bogle (12 kills) and Brooke Miller (11) set the pace for the Griffins, as setter Chelsee Trendler had 32 assists on the night. The Griffins registered a spiking percent of more than 21 percent.

The Griffins defense also limited Mesa to a genitive hitting percentage in the first set to set the tone of the match. Although the Olympians came back, they could never overtake Grossmont once the set-scores reached the 20s.

Despite a stellar record, it’s the second time this season that Mesa has been swept, earlier falling in three to Ventura.

The physiological difference came in the second set. With Mesa leading most of the way, the Griffins tacked together five straight points for an 18-17, then won in extended play

In the “overtime” tied at 24, a Mesa attack error gave Grossmont a set-point, then when Mesa failed to release any sort of hard spike, Grossmont’s Kelsie Carter converted a spike for the winning point.

In the third set, Grossmont then ran off six straight points to offset an early 3-1 deficit to eventually close out the match.

Grossmont will open October with a road date against surprising San Diego City (5-6, 4-1 PCAC). The match is slated for Harry West Arena on Wed., Oct. 5, at 5 p.m.

City College’s Knghts entered the night undefeated in PCAC action, but were shocked by MiraCosta in four sets.


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