Yellowjackets killed by Eagles in three sets

Team struggles to execute in league match as coach and team look for answers to save their season


J. Dollins

Justeen Robledo serves during the second set against Eisenhower on Sept. 21.

Rialto, CA—For their second Skyline league match of the season, the Yellowjackets traveled to face the Eisenhower Eagles, who made quick work, defeating the Yellowjackets in straight sets, 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-18).

It is unsure what is going on with Colton, but they continue to struggle with miscommunication and errors, giving their opponents ample opportunities to cash in points.

The turning point in this match was during the second set, when a trio of Colton players went for the same ball and crashed into one another. The play ended with a point, but the damage was done.

After the game, a frustrated Coach Anthony Wade said about his team: “This team doesn’t want to execute again. They get in the game and from game to game—I’ll say it again—depends on what team shows up. One day they’ll show up, next day, they’ll let one thing happen and someone gets a little frustrated, or in a situation they’re uncomfortable with. Then they just kind of crumble.”

Similar thoughts were echoed by team leader Joleena Silberman, who added, “I feel like we’re more spectators than we are players.”

For the Yellowjackets, they were once again led by Silberman and Leslie Venegas on offense. Silberman finished with 20 attacks, 2 kills, and 1 ace. Venegas had 19 attacks and 3 kills. Glory Mgbemere remained a presence at the net, with 17 attacks, 3 kills, and 1 ace. Grace Osueke added 14 attacks and 2 kills.

On defense, Jennifer Amaral had 22 service receptions and 15 digs. Silberman also added 13 digs.

With this loss, the Yellowjackets drop to 0-2 in league and 5-8 overall. They continue league play on Friday at home against the 7-9 Arroyo Valley Hawks. Game time is 4 p.m. for JV, 5:15 for Varsity.