During practice the Imperial Valley College volleyball team seems to be as good as any team around.
The passing's almost perfect, serves are consistent and everything clicks.
But when game time rolls around, all that hard work and preparation seems to disappear.
Such was the case Wednesday night at IVC as the Arabs were swept 3-0 by Grossmont in Pacific Coast Conference play.
"If only we could play these teams during practice. Because we work so hard and do so well in practice," said IVC coach Jill Tucker. "We have some things working against us, like we have some players with the flu, but we have these athletes that just need to overcome all that and suck it up."
The Arabs fell 30-15, 30-14 and 24-30.
Early in the third it seemed IVC was ready to turn the match around. A 5-1 lead turned into a tight 9-7 lead, but it was a lead nonetheless.