3rd in State

by Staff Dec 2, 2018

Solano College – The history making season for the Gavilan College Volleyball team came to an end with a third-place finish in the CCCAA State Volleyball Championships, after losing in the semi-finals against Fresno City College in straight sets last Saturday night.

For those who saw the match online might have noticed that the broadcast company misspelled Gavilan-Galivan, which might have been a sign of things to come for the Rams. The two teams traded punches early in the first set that had the teams tied at 9. Then Fresno went on a 11-3 run to take control of the first set 20-12. Then the two team would swap points until a Ram serving error gave the set to Fresno. In the first set Gavilan had a hitting percentage of 0, which means they had as many kills 8, as they had hitting errors 8. Sarah Weiby was the bright spot in the first set with 3 kills on her 4 swings.

The Rams got off to a rough start to the second set, reminiscent to their first set a night before against Cypress College. This time is was Fresno who got off to a 15-5 run to take control of the set and the match quickly. Only two Rams, Camille Finley and Katia Dizon were able to get more than one kill in the set, unfortunately both were only able to come up with two as Fresno took the set by a score of 25-12. Once again, the Rams hit 0, this time it was 7 kills and 7 errors. In comparison, Fresno had 11 kills with 3 errors to hit .364 in the set.

Before the start of the third set, Coach Kevin Kramer took the team outside of the gymnasium for one last pep talk as he challenged the team to leave nothing left in the tank. The third set had the Rams playing better but still not at high gear.  The two teams swapped points until the Rams had a 16-13 lead. After a kill by Katia Dizon, the Rams had a lead of 21-18. But Fresno came roaring back with a 7-1 run to take the set 25-22, winning the match.

Mikeila Banda

The Rams were led offensively by Finley who had 5 kills hitting .400, while Teresa Ochoa and Weiby both finished with 4 kills. Kieley Hoskins had 14 assists while Greysen Gilroy handed out 10. Mikeila Banda had 7 digs while Dizon had 5. After the tournament was over the coaches of the final 8 teams voted Banda was to the All-Tournament team. On Sunday in the finals, American River College would go on to defeat Fresno in 5 sets to win their first state championship. American River is the team Gavilan defeated to win the Delta Tournament earlier in the season.

The Rams season is now over after compiling a state best 30 wins and only 2 losses. For the nine sophomores who wore the Ram jersey for the last time, they have plenty to be proud of. They are the winningest class in the history of the program, they won back to back conference championships, the third class to accomplish the feat. Their 30 wins is a mark that might not ever be broken and when it the emotions of the loss fade away, they will always be known as the class that finished 3rd out of 93 teams in the CCCAA. Go Rams!