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Arabs drop season finale

November 15, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — If anyone wanted to know exactly how the Imperial Valley College volleyball team's season went this year, Wednesday's match against Cuyamaca College at IVC here was almost a microcosm of it.

Just as the season went, IVC had its ups and downs against Cuyamaca, with the downs outnumbering the ups, and eventually fell 3-1 in Pacific Coast Conference play in its final match of the year.

The Arabs lost 24-30, 30-25, 17-30 and 28-30.

"That's pretty much the way our season's gone. We had some shining spots, but we had some low spots," said IVC coach Jill Tucker. "I think this game, out of all the games this year, was the toughest to lose. It was just an ugly game."

The Arabs had opportunities to pull out the victory and had the Coyotes against the ropes in the fourth game, but mistakes eventually caught up with IVC.


In the fourth game IVC was down 23-16 but rallied to tie the score at 28-28. Then a serve into the net and a bad hit ended the game, the match and the season.

"I think we did pretty good. We didn't give up and we fought ‘til the end," said the Arabs' Marquita Travis, who finished with 19 points, seven aces and 12 kills. "It was the last game of the season and we wanted to end on a good note. Everyone pulled together and we knew what to do, but we just couldn't do it."

While the Arabs lost 3-1, they were in position to win first and second games.

In the first game they found themselves in a hole and did everything they could to climb out of it. At one point in the first game IVC was down by eight points but eventually cut the deficit to four, then couldn't execute when it needed to.

IVC finishes the season with a 9-14 overall record, 1-11 in the PCC, taking fifth place.

"This was a really good experience for me this year," said Travis, a freshman. "We all had a lot of faith in each other and we were having fun on the court. I'm going to miss the sophomores we had on this team, but hopefully next year we'll be able to dominate."

IVC only will be losing two sophomores, Jello Moore and Beni Garcia, but both were starters all year.

"We just have to fill those positions that the sophomores are leaving and just build for next year," said Tucker. "We learned a lot this season and I think we have a lot of really good players coming back. But we just have a lot more work to put in for next year."

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