New era of MSJC volleyball kicks off with a victory

The Mt. San Jacinto College women’s volleyball team kicked off the season with an exciting 3 to 1 victory Tuesday over visiting Imperial Valley College.

Led by freshmen Kami Spier (Hemet High) and Jasmine Nyx (Indio High), the Lady Eagles won the entertaining match in four closely contested games. MSJC took the first game 30-27 before falling in game two 24-30. The Lady Eagles then rallied to win the final two games including a 9-point comeback in game four to squeak out a 32-30 victory. Spier led the way with 17 kills and 4 blocks, while Nyx added 14 kills and 3 blocks.

The victory matched the win total in the program over the past three years. MSJC is back in action on Tuesday at San Diego City College.

This year’s Mt. San Jacinto College women’s volleyball team has been hard at work this summer under a new coach and with a new attitude. Valerie Clark has taken over as the head volleyball coach and is excited about what she sees in her first team.

“These guys are very passionate about volleyball and they play everyday,” said Clark, a former West Valley High standout. The team opened the season with 13 players on the roster, nearly doubling the size of past teams at the college.

Clark said she was looking for dedicated athletes. “The consistency in attendance and hard work over the summer and early on in the season has been great.” Clark was the first West Valley volleyball player to compete at the Division I level when she started her playing career at American University.

Clark completed her collegiate career at Redlands University and over the past five seasons has coached club volleyball both in Hemet and Rialto. The new coach is optimistic about the season and the program’s future despite the fact that over the past three seasons the team has compiled a 1-46 record. “The team’s willingness to give 110% will take us far this year,” Clark stated. The Lady Eagles will be road tested throughout September before returning home for a 5pm match on Friday October 6th, when they host Victor Valley College.