Volleyball downs Santa Ana College in four sets

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James Williams

The Cerritos College volleyball team went up two sets against Santa Ana College and went on to be victorious in the match, with a new line-up and freshman Andrea Garrett replacing injured sophomore Amber Finley.

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A short-handed Cerritos College women’s volleyball team defeated Santa Ana College in four sets (25-9, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22) Friday.

Associate Head Coach Gay Castaneda feels the team will only get better when sophomore middle blocker Amber Finley returns to the line-up as soon as the team’s next game.

“The first set I thought it (the team) came out great. We were fired up and ready to play,” Castaneda said, “it was our first match so I didn’t know what to expect.”

Sophomore setter Guadalupe Garcia stated that the first set is usually a warm up for both teams.

“The first set we beat [Santa Ana] by a lot, so we knew the second game they were going to come a lot harder,” she said.

Garcia recorded seven kills and 14 assists and the Falcons led after two sets 2-0, but dropped the third set.

Freshman defensive specialist Katie Christensen thinks the team adapted to the way Santa Ana was playing in the last sets.

She said, “I think we underestimated them a little, so we had to adapt to what they were giving us.”

Christensen led the team with ten digs, along with nine from freshman libero Madison Guastella.

Going into the season, the team feel that it faced adversity losing one of the few returning players in starting middle blocker Finley.

Finley injured herself during a scrimmage at Cuesta College on Aug. 31.

Without Finley, the Falcons looked to freshman middle blocker Andrea Garrett, who started in her place.

Garrett stated that if the team was going to win, then some changes needed to be made.

“We worked together more and we are more unified as a team,” she said, “Finley is a great addition to our team and we can’t wait to get her back.”

The team will play another home game at Gahr High School on Wednesday against Fullerton College at 6:30 p.m.