NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Six matches into the season and the members of the Glendale Community College women's volleyball team are still trying to get things into order.
Finding a cohesive starting lineup and yielding elongated scoring runs to the opposition were the two most discussed items Wednesday night after host Glendale college suffered a 25-19, 25-11, 25-21 nonconference loss against Pasadena City College.
"We have some positions where we are weak," Glendale Coach Yvette Ybarra said. "We could not compete at all against their front-line hitters.
"It's very difficult. Right now, we have 14 bodies and I'm shy on the people who I want out there on the court."
The most frustrating moment for the Vaqueros (2-5) came in the second game. Glendale, which finished fourth in the Western State Conference last season, held a 7-4 lead. However, the Lancers (5-1) then went on a 17-2 run to pull within one game of the sweep.
It's something that's occasionally plagued the Vaqueros throughout the early portion of the season.
"We seem to pick it up one game and then the momentum just goes away," said Glendale outside hitter Brittany Frederick, a sophomore and Burroughs High graduate. "We have a good team that's talented.
"Their blockers moved quickly and beat us to the ball. We are short, but we are fast. We'll be with a team and then they get three points on us in a row and we tend to fall apart."
In the third game, the Vaqueros owned an 18-16 advantage.
Pasadena closed out the match on a 9-3 run and sent the Vaqueros to their third loss in a row.
Ybarra said the Vaqueros have had a tendency to struggle during the second game in a match.
"It always seems like a struggle," Ybarra said. "We didn't come out very aggressive in the first game [Wednesday]."
Pasadena's middle blockers played a major role in turning back the Vaqueros.
The Lancers received a team-best 10 kills from Markisha Richie.
Pasadena marched out to a 7-0 lead in the first game, forcing Ybarra to call timeout. It had five aces in the first game.
The Vaqueros got 10 kills and eight digs from sophomore outside hitter Jessica Alvarez, a Bellarmine-Jefferson graduate.
Freshman outside hitter/middle blocker Sara Kert and freshman outside hitter Yessenia Ortega finished with four kills apiece for the Vaqueros, who will next face host Moorpark College in a nonconference match at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Glendale will take part in three additional nonconference matches before beginning conference competition against visiting Bakersfield College on Oct. 5.