BY HANNAH LA LIBERTE’ & COLIN CHAPDELAINE
Photo courtesy of COD Athletics.
After a truly impressive 2018 season, College of the Desert’s women’s volleyball team finished with 20 wins and 5 losses, the first time in 11 years finishing with 20 or more wins. 2018 featured a series of never before seen accomplishments for the Lady Roadrunners, including knocking off #12 ranked Mira Costa for the first time since 1984, sweeping Palomar, and going undefeated in the month of September, winning 11 straight matches stretching into October and 17 consecutive sets during that time.
Sophomore standout and team captain, Ashtyn Lyneis had a truly dominant season on the court. Lyneis was selected to first team all Southern California as well as the first team all-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference-North Division. Lyneis finished ranked first in the conference and fourth overall in the state in assists, averaging 10.29 per set for a season total of 916. She had a season-high 49 assists in an impressive 3-1 win over Palomar Oct. 19. She also finished fifth in the conference with 328 digs. When asked about being named to the all Southern California team, Lyneis said, “It’s amazing…especially as one of only two setters and the only player from the PCAC. I owe most of my success to my team, coaches and family for being so supportive, but I owe it all to Jesus. I am honored to be recognized for how hard I’ve worked during the past two seasons and it’s so humbling to know that I was given so much support in order to receive this award.”
Sophomore Baylie Dashner, who finished 25th in the state for most kills per set and was also named First Team all PCAC-North, attributed much of the team’s success to the experience gained from the establishment of the new beach volleyball program at COD earlier this year. “Experiencing the spring sand volleyball season helped immensely with all of our all-around skill,” said Dashner. “It mostly helped with having better ball control on the indoor court, a smarter placing of the ball and overall consistency.” Dashner set a season-high with 24 kills also in the win over Palomar in mid-October.
When asked what advice she would give to the soon to be sophomores on the team, Sophomore Esmeralda Ordaz said, “Just enjoy the season and make it enjoyable for yourself and your teammates. [Be sure to] focus because of every single game matters.”
The hard work and determination of the Roadrunners this year translated into the on-the-court success that hasn’t been seen at COD in years. The ladies came together as a team and laid a solid foundation for the future of volleyball at COD.
“I was really proud of how well our team played together…we were a family, motivating each other daily and playing the game for each other,” added team captain Ashtyn Lyneis. “I couldn’t have wished for a better group of girls to go through this with.”