The Pacific Union College men's Pioneer volleyball team defeated Pacific Christian College 15-12, 9-15, 15-7, 15-7 on Saturday night, March 8, at PUC's Pacific Auditorium. It was the first win this season for the Pioneers, bringing their current record to 1-4.
This season is proving to be a challenge for the Pioneers. With a rigorous game schedule and only five returning players on the 12-member team, the Pioneers are learning the meaning of endurance, stamina and cooperation.
"The dynamics of the team are different every year, but we have an especially new and young team which calls for more adjustment on everyone's part," said senior outside hitter David Rai.
Junior outside hitter Scott Eastman said this win was just a taste of the level of play to come. "We played well, especially considering the fact that it was our fifth match in six days," said Eastman. "But we will be playing at a much higher level as the season progresses and as we pull together as a team."
Head coach Bob Paulson agrees. "It is early in the season and the team is still growing," he said. "Our goal is to get better with every game and peak at the end of the season."
Middle blocker Rob Wells led the Pioneers with 12 kills and four solo blocks.