Knights Fall To Mesa, 3-0
San Diego City College's men's volleyball team lost to San Diego Mesa in a 3-0 sweep on Friday with set scores of 25-8, 25-10 and 25-13.
In set number one, the Knights did a good job staying in system, but they had a difficult time keeping the ball in play by committing 12 attacking errors. "There is a fine line between attacking over aggressively and keeping the ball in play, said Knights' Head Coach Kevin Pratte. "This season, we have worked on cutting down our errors. Our team is capable of making solid attacks, but when we commit 12 hitting errors, it is going to be difficult to win matches."
The Knights did a much better job of limiting their errors in the second and third sets. During those sets, the Knights made great defensive plays and played with a lot of passion. "The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference is very competitive and there are a number of great coaches and players," said Pratte. "It is important that we focus on the process of getting better everyday at life and at volleyball. There is absolutely no reason for this group of young men to be disappointed with this season. It is imperative that we finish the season strong and compete at every opportunity that is given to us."
The Knights were lead by outside hitters Mehdi Sekkat and Matt Marinho, who both finished with four kills. On the defensive end, Scott Cayabyab posted a season-high 16 digs.
Howard Harris, who is the President of the Balboa Park Lawn Bowling and one of the top lawn bowlers in the country, was the guest coach for the Knights. In 2005, Harris won the Bronze medal at the Maccabia games. "It was an honor to have Coach Harris on the bench," said Pratte. "He gave a great pre-game speech and our players really respect him. Coach Harris is a highly educated man, a winner, and is a good role model for our student-athletes."
The Knights are back in action at Golden West on Wednesday, March 26. To follow the Knights more closely check out their twitter account @SDCCMENSVBALL
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