VENTURA - Mark Cruz has seen it. So have opposing coaches.
Sure the Marauder beach volleyball does not have a win, but there are several signs that it has improved since the beginning of the season.
AVC was defeated 5-0 in both matches against Ventura College and Santa Barbara City College, Friday afternoon in Ventura, but the team continues to have a positive attitude.
"As the season goes on, the team continues to improve in their skill level as volleyball players. All the coaches from other teams always compliment our team's improvement after each competition," Cruz said. "The beauty of beach volleyball is the fact that they players get way more touches (on the sand) than they would playing 6-on-6 (indoors). Even in the rain, beach volleyball is a whole lot of fun."
No. 1 doubles team of Maryah Tatum and Samatha Tago were easily handled in the first set of their match against Ventura's Tori Hiatt and Sarah Veloz, 21-11. The tandem of Tatum and Tago responded in the second set however and was able to pull it out, 21-17. Unfortunately, Tatum and Tago ran out of steam losing the tiebreaker 15-7.
Hannah Douglas and Gizzelle Navarro were defeated by Ventura's Brittney Mukhar and Paris Dosch, 21-9, 21-16. AVC's Nicole Pullum and Halondra Washington were defeated 21-9, 21-9 to the Cougars' pair of Kierra Joyner and Braxton Jessie.
The Marauders were easily defeated by every team of the Vaqueros, without one of AVC's pair winning a set.
Ventura hold a 7-2 overall record and a 5-2 record in conference, behind front runner El Camino College (12-0, 6-0). AVC is still without a victory this season.