September 14, 2013
Stockton, CA-The Delta Classic is known as the most difficult volleyball tournament in northern California for Junior Colleges, and this year was no exception. The Gavilan College Volleyball Team not only held their own, but proved they are a team to be noticed. Gavilan finished 6th out of 15 teams and took down the current #1 team in the state, Feather River.
To start the tournament the Rams took on Butte College and beat them in four sets 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23. The Rams came out swinging hitting .324 in the first set led by Jessica Stofer and Tazi Apple who hit .714 and .455 to start the match. With the offense looking the best it has since the opening weekend, Sabina Gerard handed out 41 assists to Apple who had a team high 19 kills, followed by Savanna Hartman (13) and Stofer (9). The defensive unit was also sharp with Karina Daniels, Brittani Siaz, Daisy Valladares, and Raelynn Heredia combined for 70 digs.
The second match of the day found the Rams losing in straight sets the eventual third place finishers Sierra College, 21-25, 16-25, 14-25. The Wolverines showed a stingy defense holding the Rams to a .036 hitting percentage for the match. The Rams defense also struggled to solve their opponent’s offense but was unable to come up any answers.
With a new day came a new fresh start for Gavilan. Going up against a team that they had lost to a week ago, the Rams were excited to show that they had more to give than they showed in the last meeting. In a tightly contested first set, the Rams found themselves trailing for most of it until they put together a 5-0 run to put them on top 19-16. From there, they never looked back and won in straight sets 27-25, 25-17, 25-21. Savanna Hartman’s 10 kills led the team but she was also backed up by teammates Apple (9), Andreinna Castaneda (9) and Ryan Asp who also finished with eight. Again, Gerard set the table with 35 assists. The real story was the way the Rams attacked Feather River from the service line. With 12 aces led by Daniels (5) and Hartman (4), the team strong serving kept the Eagles from being to run their offense all night.
The Rams with their gas tanks close to empty, lost their final match of the tournament to American River College in straight sets 18-25, 16-25, 13-25. Despite the disappointing finish to the tournament the Rams finished with their second highest placing with only last year’s squads fourth place finish topping this effort. Having played six matches in four days, the Rams have five days off till they suit up again. Next Saturday the Rams will continue their tour of California by Taking on College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California. They will also go on to play Simpson College a NAIA four year college. Follow the matches on the Gavilan College Facebook page.