Men’s volleyball wins decisively at home

The boys’ energy pierced through the roof as The Corsairs men’s volleyball dominated the Santa Monica College Pavilion, where they faced the Holy Names University’s Hawks Friday night. They ended the game in its fourth set at 25-16, 25-22, 23-25, and 25-14. Seven minutes into the game, The Corsairs had a slight lead at 10-7, but increased that lead to 18-12 after 13 minutes of the game time.

The 23-25 lead taken by the Hawks in the third set added intensity to the game; The Corsairs seemed to become tired, but the Corsair’s increasing supporting team spirit and the Hawks’ injuries settled the game.

The Hawks put up a strong defense, but in the end it wasn’t enough to gain victory.

The Corsair’s superior defense and powerful serves lead them to take home the victory.

Coach John Mayer was very pleased with the team’s performance. “We had a really good day of practice yesterday, and it showed today,” Mayer said.  “I think when you train well, you end up playing well.”

The Corsairs also welcomed a few newcomers, amongst them opposite hitter Charlie Schmittdiel. The 6’5” opposite hitter came straight from Santa Monica High School, and has proven to be a valuable asset of the team.

“Charlie is one of the most talented guys, probably in the state.” Mayer said. “He’s a hard worker and a fun guy to have around.”

Coach Mayer noticed how the Corsairs are supporting themselves within the team, amongst players.

“I thought a couple of guys did a good job acknowledging when other people did well.” Mayer said. “It’s easy to point fingers, but it’s better when the fingers are pointing at something positive.”

According to Coach Mayer, the Corsairs men’s volleyball team has a bright season ahead of them, and the next game is played at home in the SMC Pavilion against the Santa Barbara City College’s Vaqueros in a State Conference game.

“I anticipate a lot of good matches ahead,” Mayor said. “I think we have a good group and we keep getting better.”