Volleyball’s inconsistency keeps them from winning games

Daniel Pena | Staff Writer

Oct. 30, 2014

The Riverside City College women’s volleyball team (6-10, 2-4) gave it their all but eventually ran out of gas against the Fullerton Hornets (11-2, 4-3) on Oct. 22.

The Tigers fought hard all the way giving the Hornets a hard time. Fullerton has won most of their games by sweeping their opponents and RCC looked to stop that trend.

On the first set RCC looked to get the edge, but the Hornets quickly struck first leading 10-4 and won the first set with a score of 25-16.

“It’s frustrating knowing that we have to beat the top nine in the state in order to get a win and it’s hard, but this team can do it we still have the second round to go,” head coach Monica Hayes-Trainer said.

As the Tigers took an 8-1 lead during the second set looked to finish this set, the Hornet refused to let this set slip away and soon the game was all tied with a score of 24-24.

Needing two points to win the set the Hornets stunned the Tigers by winning the second set with a score of 26-24.

Onto the third set the Tigers had fallen behind 6-1, but RCC refused to be swept and came back to tie it all up 22-22 before making the winning score and winning the set with a score of 25-22.

RCC looked to pull off a comeback, but things didn’t go well for the Tigers during the fourth set as the Hornets quickly pulled to a 19-9 lead over the Tigers. Fullerton won the set with a score of 25-18.

“We need more consistent hitting, our hitting percentage isn’t very high,” Hayes-Trainer said. “We need to terminate to make points and that’s our main goal is trying hit and kill balls that are out of system even if it’s a bad pass we still need to make a point of that.”

Tigers went on the road against Golden West Rustlers (12-4, 4-3) Oct. 24, but were swept losing the game with scores of (25-10, 25-11 and 25-6).

Things haven’t been too well for the RCC women’s volleyball team; according to the CCCAA standings RCC are in a four game losing streak.

RCC will next face Santa Ana (13-5, 5-1) on the Oct. 29 and Irvine Valley on the Oct. 31 who is undefeated this season with their record of (14-0, 7-0).