Tigers shutout by Chargers in conference play

Alexis Naucler | Staff Writer

Oct. 20, 2014

Riverside City College women’s volleyball team (5-8, 2-2) were shutout by the Cypress College Chargers, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17, in the Orange Empire Conference play Oct. 15.

Cypress, who are currently top 10 in the state, according to the CCCAA State Rankings, this game was a bit of a challenge for the Tigers, but the game was still pretty close.

“Playing a top-ranked team is always pretty exciting,” RCC Head Coach Monica Hayes-Trainer said.

Sophomore outside hitter Naomi Tilford lead the Tigers with seven kills, sophomore setter Sarah Kelly had nine digs, and freshman middle blocker Ashley Tamas had three blocks.

“We did cause them a little bit of worry at certain points with different rotations,” Hayes-Trainer said.

RCC had 94 total attack attempts while Cypress had 103 and there were 15 tied scores and eight lead changes.

“They forced us to make a few more errors than them and that’s how they won,” Hayes-Trainer said. “When we don’t put them in passing trouble, then they have the option to set three top hitters.”

RCC had three more attack errors than Cypress, who had 13, but when it came to serving the Chargers had four errors while the Tigers only had one.

“To compete and be in the game that close to a top ranked team, I’m really happy about it,” Hayes-Trainer said. “I’m really excited to play them again.”

The Tigers will play against Fullerton College home Oct. 22.