Knights Swept by Defending State Champs
The San Diego City College men's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-12) loss to defending state champion Golden West College on Friday.
In set one, the Knights fell behind, 9-1, and never recovered. "Garrett Covey (Golden West) went on an incredible serving run to start the set," said Head Coach Kevin Pratte. "We tried passing four passers, we called a timeout and he kept jump serving effectively. Once we got Covey off the service line we did a better job siding out and scoring."
In sets two and three, the Knights did a good job making Golden West earn their points. "There is no doubt in my mind that we are improving," said Pratte. "It is difficult to see it on the scoreboard. At the start of the year we were making up to 19 errors a set, which is 19 too many. For the match we only had 4 service errors and we are doing a much better job minimizing our hitting errors."
Although the Knights are doing a better job keeping the ball in play, their opponents are still making the plays to score the points. "We still have a lot to improve on, but this team continues to come to practice and work hard," said Pratte .This coaching staff and team will never give up."
Ryan Roberson and Scott Isebell were guest coaches during Friday's match. Coach Pratte has known the two San Diego business men for a while. Roberson has been one of Pratte's best friends since seventh grade and now Roberson working in accounting with the government in downtown San Diego.
Isebell, was a former all-conference San Diego City College baseball player who went on to play at the University of Pacific where he graduated with a degree in business. "I had a great experience coming back to San Diego City College," said Isebell. Coach Pratte's players must have thanked me 10 different times for coming to the match. They are a really polite group of student-athletes."
"I loved supporting the Knights and it was fun giving a pep talk before the match," Roberson added. "It is really neat that Kevin is bringing in members of the community to meet his players. This benefits the community and the student-athletes".
There are a few more guest coaches scheduled for this season, so the men's volleyball team will have more opportunities to make some connections in the community. "One of my favorite parts of coaching is tying the community into my team," said Pratte. San Diego City College men's volleyball will be known for making a difference in the community and it is always nice when community leaders offer to be guest coaches."
The Knights are back in action on Wednesday, March 5 at 6 pm. when they travel to Orange Coast College.