Volleyball seniors honored at Senior Night event before game against Eisenhower

Yellowjackets drop final home game against the Eagles in three sets


Claudia Avalos

The Yellowjackets’ volleyball team enjoys their Senior Night celebration on Sept 30. From left: Glory Mgbemere, Joleena Silberman, Desyree Gutierrez, Jennifer Amaral, Janelle Rodriguez, Justeen Robledo, Leslie Venegas, Alyssa Gonzalez.

Colton, CA—Even with the on court frustrations of the 2022 season, the Yellowjackets came out Friday to celebrate Senior Night on the final home game of the year.

Eight seniors were honored by their team and families in a pre-game ceremony: Jennifer Amaral, Alyssa Gonzalez, Desyree Gutierrez, Glory Mgbemere, Justeen Robledo, Janelle Rodriguez, Joleena Silberman, and Leslie Venegas. Each were escorted onto center court at the Hubbs by their families to receive gifts from their head coach, Anthony Wade, and love from their underclassmen and junior varsity teammates.

Coach Wade left his team with some parting words: “Keep at it, stay consistent, stay resilient, and don’t have something not go your way and not do anything about it, there’s always another way. So don’t ever give up. You control how your future goes, so make it better than how you imagine.”

Once the festivities were over, the Yellowjackets took to the court to play visiting Eisenhower, who defeated them 3-0 in their previous matchup.

The result was the same this time, with the Eagles winning in straight sets, 3-0 (19-25, 23-25, 15-25). It was an improvement for Colton, even as they added another loss to their record.

In the first set, it looked like Colton was ready to take it to Eisenhower, getting an early advantage. Then Eisenhower fought back and took the lead before a Colton timeout. Colton worked to stay in it, but lost the first set by 6, 19-25.

The second set was much better than the first for the Yellowjackets. They came out more determined, and took another early lead on strong service. Eventually, Eisenhower tied the game up at 16, and saw their chance to take the advantage. Although Colton fought hard, their mistakes got the best of them and Eisenhower took the win in the second set, 23-25.

Colton’s last set was an overall disappointment. They struggled to find a rhythm. There was little margin for error, and the Yellowjackets lost, 15-25.

The Yellowjackets play their final regular season game in Bloomington against the Bruins on Wednesday. Then, they will face off against Eisenhower again in Rialto on Oct. 10 for the league tournament.