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Spikers off to aggressive start

The Vaqueros dominated San Diego Mesa, pulling out the victory in four sets, 30-21, 28-30, 30-22, 30-22, Friday at the Sports Pavilion.

City College came out aggressive from the start, baiting San Diego Mesa into every three hit combination they executed.

In the first set, the Vaqueros crushed its opponent 30-21, through strong and determined play.

Set No. 2 was fiercely contested as Max Acker-deOliveira and Justin Conmy delivered an up-close and personal attack, with a quick-hit spike down the opponents net.

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Conmy set up one of three flawless spikes for Miles Evans in the set. Conmy then banned together with Acker-deOliveira to execute a well-timed block against Mesa.

Evans served up with an ace and side-out combination but his efforts where in vain as Mesa took the set 30-28.

Evans came back again in the set No. 3 pounding out two more spikes and catching Mesa’s defense completely off guard. City College closed out at 30 to 22 in the third match.

The win improved the Vaqs record to 2-1.

“I think we defiantly have a shot at the playoffs, for sure,” Evans said. “We defiantly have a chance to win it!”

Set No. 4 was a rally to remember with both teams coming out with strong defenses.

Jim Wielebnicki wacked out an ace right from the beginning giving City College the lead. Mark Hebda kept the trend going by acing his serve as well. Then Evans stepped up to deliver four more spikes against the Olympians before the outside hitter came crashing down on his ankle, injuring it enough to temporarily take him out of the game.

City College kept its defense up with an amazing ground play by Conmy and Tyson Reitz. Towards the end another ace serve by Wielebnicki and three spikes by Evans kept the Vaqueros spirits high.

Mark Hebda closed out the fourth game with a spike set up by Conmy. The men racked up their third set win of the night with a 30 to 22 score.

“We have a goal to make it to the playoffs,” Vaqueros head coach Melody Parker said. “One point, one game at a time.”

The Vaqueros host Orange Coast 6 p.m. today at the Sports Pavilion.

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