Men’s Volleyball looks for winning spark to return after multiple losses

After a tough loss at home against Santa Barbara City College on February 29, the Santa Monica men's volleyball team lost two more matches over the weekend. The Corsairs have lost three straight matches and have dropped to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in Western State Conference action play.

The Corsairs took on El Camino College Warriors on March 7 and lost three sets in a row at 25-19, 25-16, and 25-14.

They then took on the number one ranked team in the Western Conference, the Long Beach City Vikings (8-0) on March 9, and lost all three matches at 25-20, 25-21, and 25-11 in Long Beach.

Key serving and hitting errors by the Corsairs played a big role in the loss to El Camino.

Coach John Mayer was disappointed with the way the team played.

"We had an off night, and El Camino played very well,” said Mayer. “We had a bad practice coming into the match and it clearly showed in tonight's performance."

Sophomore Connor Corgiat led the Corsairs with seven kills, and Jason Mallek and Fabio Calesso both had six kills. Sophomore Hunter Hovland of El Camino added 13 kills and Kevin Burrell had 11 blocks to down the Corsairs.

In Long Beach against the Vikings, Conner Corgiat led the Corsairs with seven kills, but Greg Utupo of Long Beach City College matched his seven kills leading the Warriors to victory.

Despite the tough losses, Coach John Mayer feels optimistic about the season. "We'll be ready to go down the road," said Mayer.

The Corsairs still have time to turn their season around.

Seven matches are left to play including three Western Conference matches: One against Pierce College, one verses MoorPark, and a rematch against Santa Barbara City College.

SMC plays Pierce College at Pierce College tonight at 6:00 p.m.