LCA girls go fierce in loss to Newbury

Posted on 19. Sep, 2017 by in Christian school westside Los Angeles, LCA News, sports, varsity volleyball

Alexis' smashing serves

Alexis’ smashing serves

By Rudee Becerra, LCA sophomore —

LCA’s volleyball girls turned fierce Tuesday against league-toppers Newbury Park High School.

“You guys definitely won in spirit,” Newbury’s team captain said.

The Saints — who were scheduled the league’s toughest teams at the beginning of the season — have started their comeback year in competitive volleyball a bit slow. Our West Los Angeles Christian school, on its first year of reviving after three years of no varsity volleyball program, has had to hit stride against bigger teams and big crowds of opposing fans.

If some of the players felt trepidation and uncertainty, that fell to the wayside Tuesday facing the Panthers. Lighthouse Christian Academy lost 14-25, 21-15, 13-25, but several girls broke out of their shy shells.

Magalea Chiesa, a sophomore, surprised with some unexpected blocks and solid returns. “Our hustle was strong today,” she said.

Los-Angeles-Christian-school-volleyballJunior Ymani Iyamah, a club player, continued to use her drilled skills and her height to pressure opponents.

Junior Alexis Lyons impressed with her killer jump serves.

“Dig deep — literally and figuratively,” said Coach Delores Hively, who inspires us taking us to collegiate games and to LCA football games. “Come to a game so you can feel the energy the team together. It’s actually pretty electric and very powerful.”

LCA had every reason to be intimidated again. Newbury’s team had five seniors, while Lighthouse was missing some key players, including Captain Trina Gratton. With only six players, LCA had no substitutes.

varsity-sport-Christian-college-prep-LABut the girls didn’t cow.

“This is going to be a game I remember at the end of the season for sure,” said Senior Jamie Roman. “I believe my personal goals and many of the other girls goals were accomplished this game and I’m so proud of our spirit and plays.”

Coach Hively gives perspective: “Trina, Ymani, Alexis have never acted timid or intimidated. Rudee’s serves are powerful and she and Jamie have evolved as strong players. We are working on developing skills and that just doesn’t happen over night. LCA has not had a team in the league for the past three years and It takes time and practice, focus and effort to catch up to bigger schools that have teams that have been playing together for several years.”

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