Ahead of the program's first regional postseason appearance since 2002, Glendale Community College Coach Chris Cicuto was worried about his team's layoff of more than a week between its regular-season finale and its playoff opener.
Alas, he conceded that although he was worried about so much time off, it was good for his group of Vaqueros that had seemingly battled injuries all season long to have some time to heal up.
Even before the season began, Cicuto lost a pair of possible starters. Then there was Eric Matranga, who blew out his knee during a collision with a teammate. There was Scott Hong, who was having a standout season before it was ended with a broken fibula and a dislocated ankle. And a pair of shoulder injuries to Matt McCallister and Nick Woodward also left the team with holes to fill.