No shortage of learning for Glendale Community College women's volleyball

Being asked questions is considered a good sign by Yvette Ybarra. She’s glad to provide detailed answers.

The veteran Glendale Community College women’s volleyball coach can count on her players inquiring about a fundamental or how to hone a skill while playing a certain position.

“You can’t beat having a desire to go out there and learn,” said Ybarra, whose team will begin its season Sept. 10 in the Chaffey Tournament. “They ask me a lot of questions and you try to help them as best you can.

“We’ve spent the last six or seven weeks practicing, sometimes twice a day, and you can see them wanting to learn. They’ll ask about serving, blocking or how to defend. I always encourage them to ask about something if they are unsure. It means you are getting somewhere.”

Glendale finished 7-17, 4-8 for fifth place in the Western State Conference South Division last season. The Vaqueros will have 12 players, including eight freshmen, in 2014 while looking to post a winning record and climb in the division. Glendale’s four sophomores are all returners.

“Having 12 players works out nicely,” said Ybarra, whose team will host its first match Sept. 17 against Ventura. “The team is starting to blossom. I think we’ll be good at the basics and we can break down video to give us a better idea of how they are doing things.”

Sophomore libero April Leyva (Providence High) said the freshman crop of players are adjusting to the collegiate level.

“There’s definitely a thirst for learning and looking to get better, especially from the freshmen,” Leyva said. “Volleyball is pretty much a mental game and it’s about learning how to stay in your position, make good passes and have good setting.”

In addition to Leyva, the sophomores will be libero Briana Martinez, setter Nicole Encarnacion (Burroughs) and opposite hitter/defensive specialist Elise Kwon.

The freshmen will consist of outside hitters Marisa Baltzar, Hally Mc Lay and Jennifer Rodriguez, outside hitter/opposite Arely Aquirre (Hoover), middle blocker/outside hitters Dominique Hall and Nancy Nunez-Brooks, middle blocker Maria Quejada and setter Janellyn Adraneda (Providence)..

Glendale will be busy throughout September, participating in three nonconference matches and four tournaments.

The Vaqueros will start division play Oct. 1 at home against Moorpark. Glendale will conclude the regular season with a division road match against Bakersfield on Nov. 19.

Ybarra said the division will again be competitive.

“You look at College of the Canyons and they came up big last year to win the division,” Ybarra said. “College of the Canyons, Antelope Valley and Citrus will all be good.

“You go into the division wanting to play your best. After that, you never know what will happen or what to expect.”

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