Arabs breeze past Barstow

September 16, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Coming off a 3-2 loss to Cerro Coso in its season-opener Friday, the Imperial Valley College volleyball team got on the winning track against Barstow Community College at IVC on Saturday.

The Friday night loss served as all the motivation IVC needed as it ripped Barstow in straight sets 3-0.

With the new rally scoring implemented where a point is scored on every possession and games are played to 30 points, the Arabs defeated the Vikings 30-13, 30-15, 30-20.

"We were just more excited today than we were yesterday," said IVC's Marquita Travis, who finished with 14 service points, eight aces and six kills. "I think because of that loss we just played with more drive and determination.

"I think now we're in a good place to start the season. But we still have to work a lot harder on a few things."


Also leading the Arabs were Beni Garcia with 21 points, Yvette Rodriguez with 20 assists and Jello Moore with 10 kills.

After its heart-breaking loss Friday, IVC coach Jill Tucker thought the different performance may have been her team's overall attitude.

"I think we played a lot more relaxed today. Before the game I told the girls to just come out here and have fun and they did and it paid off," said Tucker. "They were more motivated for this match because they had redemption on their minds.

"It just seemed like they moved together as a team and just worked really well together," Tucker said. "They seemed like they were more in sync. They looked like they were more comfortable with each other."

That comfort level seemed obvious from the get-go as IVC outscored Barstow 19-4 in the first game. The squads exchanged points before IVC closed the contest on a 7-2 run.

Things were much the same in the second game as the Arabs dominated in taking a 12-5 advantage. Barstow cut the deficit to 19-12, but IVC closed with an 11-3 spurt.

The Vikings played the Arabs tighter in the third and at one point held a 7-5 lead. Down by two, IVC got everything together and gained a lead it would not relinquish in a 30-20 win.

Said Viking coach Ron Beck: "Our girls are just young and inexperienced. IVC just has more talent than us and that's what it came down to."

The Arabs (1-1) will play at College of the Desert in Palm Desert at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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