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Welcome to Pierce College Women Volleyball
The Women's Volleyball Program has come a long way since the head coach of the Brahmas, Nabil Mardini, took over the helm. In the past thirteenyears, the program holds a record of 302 wins to 61 losses (80% winning percentage), which includes a current 66-game winning streak dating back to December of 2010, a 62-game home winning streak, as well as the winner of TWELVE Western State Conference Championships, an Elite Eight Appearance in 2004, a Final Four Appearance in 2005, a State Runner Up in 2006, and THREE-time State Champions in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
2013 Season Recap
Although, the Brahmas fell short of four-peating this year, the team had a good season nonetheless as they won the Western State Conference for a 13thtime in 14 years. A milestone that was only accomplished by the Rustlers of Golden West in the 80’s and 90’s.
The 2013 squad fought hard all year and overcame obstacles and adversities, from injuries, early season losses, and more importantly the underlying pressure that they felt all season to four-peat and bring home a fourth championship, and they went on to win 14 out of the last 16 matches.
In the final match of the season, our Brahmas gave their very best against Fullerton College to fall short by only four points. Hats off to every single one of them, for giving our team, a type of effort that can only come from one place and that is the heart.
Our seven sophomores will leave another legacy behind them having won a State Title while going undefeated with a record of 33-0 in 2012, and winning two conference titles back to back. Not too many players in the nation are able to say that at the end of their playing career. Congrats to them.
As Nabil often said, what you (the fans) will see on the court on game day is a somewhat of a “finished” product. What you don’t see is the amount of preparation, sacrifices, and the everyday grind that the Brahmas have to endure throughout the season and off-season in order to become an integral part of the team.
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|Transfers - Our graduating sophomores received scholarships to play at different universities such as University of California Irvine, Concordia, Northern Arizona, Cal. State LA, UCLA, CSUN, UC San Diego, Washington State, Cal Poly Pomona, Fresno State, and most recently Kansas State, University of Idaho, Florida State, San Jose State, Truman State, Cal State Monterey Bay, University of Kansas, New Mexico University, University of San Francisco, and most recently University of Great Falls in Montana, Gonzaga, Chico State, University of Pittsburgh, UC Riverside, La Verne, West Texas A&M, University of Hawaii at Hilo, Central Connecticut State University, San Marcos, Cal State Bakersfield, and Loyola Marymount.|
In his own words: Nabil Mardini reflects on the back-to-back-to-back championships
December 2, 2012
Our Pierce Volleyball Team capped off its 2012 season on Sunday (December 2) with a three-peat and won another State Championship. This makes it three consecutive CCCAA state championships, and back-to-back undefeated seasons for the Brahmas.
I thought you might enjoy seeing/listening to how it ended. Copy and paste the High Definition video link below onto your browser and give it about 40 seconds to download: https://wbsfvideoservices.egnyte.com/h-s/20121203/af4e5c7ebad34ff8
The team insured that our 66-match winning streak will stretch into a third season in 2013. No other team in the history of California Community College, except for and ironically enough, the Rustlers of Golden West College, has ever three-peated as champions. For more information on this weekend, including caps, box scores, and videos of the matches, go to: http://www.cccaasports.org/
A championship is something you're always chasing. The best time of my life has been the last three Christmas following each of the three championships. You want to keep the celebrations short and get back to work per our standards here at Pierce, but then at times, you can’t help it but get the butterflies in my stomach once in a while as I sit in my office and reminisce. I had a good feeling going into the state tournament and I even got a little emotional in my hotel room that morning prior to playing Golden West.
Seeing the girls' celebrating and hugging each other after the final ball dropped reminded me why I enjoy this profession of coaching so much. The day prior to the finals, we knew that's the hardest match to win was the semis against Golden West, and we clearly had a disadvantage having to play a back to back 3 out of 5 game match. The girls fought back with resiliency, and an effort that is so unique and rare in sports, let alone life itself that can only come from the heart, the Brahmas roared back and outlasted Golden West in five games.
I have been lucky to have had great players and people commit to play for me over my 12 years at Pierce College. This particular championship is tribute to all the players, coaches, and people I surrounded myself with throughout the years and I will cherish this one more time and forever. This particular group is not only a talented group but good people with high morals and a work ethic that is second to none. Not sure I had much to do with it. Sports reveal character; it doesn't build character contrary to the common belief in our society.
We will miss our seniors especially our two captains: Brooke Dawson and Danielle Hochman.
Women’s Volleyball Team Goes Undefeated….again….on its way to winning its third consecutive State Championship (2010, 2011, and 2012)
The Pierce Volleyball Team capped off its 2012 season on Sunday (December 4 of 2012) with a repeat and won another State Championship. That makes it a back to back to back championship for the program by defeating Golden West College to join the Rustlers, ironically enough, as the only programs in state history to win three straight titles.
Additionally, not only were the Brahmas the team to beat all year as they were ranked number one in the state from the start of the season and held down the top ranking in the state all year around, they went undefeated and completed another perfect season (33W-0L) and extended the streak to 66 matches in a row.
In a year when the pressure alone of defending its 2011 State Championship was felt throughout, and if there were any doubts as to whether it was possible for the Brahmas to improve on last year's undefeated record, they put them to rest in convincing fashion at the California Community College Athletic Association women's volleyball state championships, completing back-to-back 33-0 seasons at Fullerton College.
After rallying from being down 1-2 in games in the winner’s bracket final against the same team Golden West, the top-seeded Brahmas played almost flawlessly and beat Golden West 25-20, 25-21, 25-22 in the championship to become the SECOND team in state history to capture back-to-back titles. The team’s 33-0 record is also the best overall season record in the history of the California Community College Women’s Volleyball and the only two-year college in the nation to go undefeated on its way to winning a championship.
In the final match against Golden West, and unlike its first round match against the same team a day prior, when Pierce had to rally from being down one to two in games, the Brahmas controlled the match from the start and with the help of tournament MVP, Sakurako Fujii, and All American AVCA 1st Team Danetta Boykin, All-Tournament selections, Janelle Futch, Ashlea Smith, and Brooke Dawson, who each had 17 kills, 9 kills, 42 assists, 10 kills, and 12 digs respectively, the Brahmas won convincingly in three straight and secured the three-peat.
Furthermore, freshman opposite, Kira Guarino, had 5 kills, and sophomore middle blocker, Jessica Burns, also had 5 kills, Danielle Hochman contributing six digs and 1 ace.