The Lassen Community College volleyball team took to the court against Yuba College Friday. Photos by Makenzie Freedman

LCC volleyball falls in first home match, Serrano puts up big numbers

On Saturday, Sept. 18, Lassen Volleyball (0-5) hosted its first home match of the year against Yuba College (2-3). It was the first time in nearly two years a home match was played on Lassen’s home court due to the cancellation of the 2020 season because of COVID-19.

Hope Serrano, who usually plays libero for the Cougars had the chance to hit at right side this past weekend. The team has been experiencing some injuries and battles with sickness and when the team needed Serrano, she stepped up. She was able to put up 12 kills and 12 digs. The left handed hitter seemed to score on every ball she touched, especially in the third set when the Cougars had already dropped two sets.

Despite the effort, Lassen couldn’t hold off Yuba College, losing in four sets, 13-25, 15-25, 25-21, and 11-25.

There were a high number of swings between both teams. The main attackers of the day were #15 Serrano for the Cougars and #5 Sara Hankins for the Yuba College 49ers. Serrano received some help from freshman middle blocker Anyah Grigsby who put up eight kills, three block assists and two solo blocks. Taysha Ortega was also able to help defensively by making eight digs in the match.

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Serrano contributed big from the serve line with three aces and, Josephine Booth (three aces), Anyah Grigsby (three aces) and Ortega (one ace) kept the Cougars in the match.

“Hope Serrano had a field day,”  said Head Coach Julia Erickson. “Hopefully, this level of production by a hitter will help spark some excitement in other hitters. Passing and serving have been looking good. Our hitting needs to catch up.”

The Lady Cougars play their next match on the road this Friday, September 24 at 2 pm against Cosumnes River College (8-4).