By SCOTT LANDHEER
The three games may have been close, but they were all the City College women’s volleyball team needed to put away Grossmont, winning 30-26, 31-29 and 30-28 at Harry West Gymnasium on Nov. 3.
After a powerful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” by freshman opposite hitter Samantha Werner, the Knights came out swinging in the first game. They led by as many as five points for most of the game until Grossmont won five points in a row to tie it at 20-20.
After regrouping during a time out, City came back to recapture the lead and keep it. The Knights’ leading killer, Kelly Kaiser, did what she does best and killed it to go up 24-22 on Grossmont’s serve.
San Diego native Allison Dedonato nailed it through the Grossmont block to bring City to game point.
The Knights kept the momentum going in game two with a little luck on their side. Freshman outside hitter Kate Ulevich knocked an ugly mis-hit over the net that Grossmont couldn’t handle, taking the Knights to a 4-1 lead.
Grossmont came back to take the lead until City freshman Kristen Thayer tapped it down to tie the game 15-15. City took the lead from there and didn’t let go.
Grossmont came out with something to prove in game three, winning the first five points and sending a clear message that they weren’t going down easy.
Each team had several point swings during the see saw game. Freshman Elizabeth Allen hit a service ace to bring the Knights to 29-24, but Grossmont won the next four points before City finally finished them off.
The match was sweet revenge for City after losing to Grossmont 2-3 on Oct. 11.
The Knights improved their record to 5-12 overall and 3-7 in the Pacific Coast Conference.
The team’s final match of the regular season will be against Mesa College at Harry West Gymnasium on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.