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November 5, 2008 > Chabot Gladiator Volleyball 2008

Chabot Gladiator Volleyball 2008

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

Hard-working, height and hits are three of the words that can describe the style of the Chabot College women's volleyball team this season. "We are not a tall team, but we are a scrappy one. We go all out each match and lay it all on the line," said Coach Amber Summons.

The women are led by red-shift freshman outside hitter Chrysta Hicks. Hicks who is among the leaders in the state for kills, also leads the team in points and aces. The ladies have managed great success in the Coast Conference despite their tallest player being only 5 foot 10 (Hicks).

"We do not look very menacing when we enter the gym," said Summons. "But we beat teams with our style of play."

The Gladiators style of play has garnered a 9-9 overall record, 2-2 in conference, where they are holding onto second place.

The Coast Conference is divided into the North and South divisions. "Most of the top teams in each division have beaten one another at least once," said Summons. "It makes playing each match very fun, interesting and confusing. But I love it."

Irene Takahashi-Coker is another player that has been a strong influence on the Gladiators this season. Coach Summons sees Irene as the spark plug of the team. Summons is very confident in the 5 foot 4 sophomore standout's abilities. "She has the talent to compete and play somewhere at the competitive Division I level," said Summons.

Even though her team will face stiff competition, Summons is confident the Gladiators will be a success in the Coast Conference North Division.

"I believe we can beat any team in this league."

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