Written by: Dorothy McCarty
The Riverside City College volleyball team fell to host Golden West College suffering its second loss this season, 3-0, on Oct. 2. Ending its three game winning streak, the defeat was the the worst for RCC all season as it was the first time this season the Tigers were not able to win a single set in the game.
Despite normally being offensively sound, RCC struggled against the Rustlers. By beating RCC 25-11 in the opening set and 25-13 in the final set, Golden West held the Tigers to its two lowest point totals in a set this season.
Although RCC had difficulty managing the Rustlers offensive strengths in the first and third set, the middle set was much more competitive as the Rustlers won it by only four points. The Tigers earned 13 kills within the set, its highest amount of kills in a set all night, before falling to Golden West.
Lauren Reed and Lauren Wells collected the game highs in kills for RCC combining for a total of 19. The two also had the most points of the night at 12.5 for Reed and 8.5 for Wells.
In spite of the loss, the Tigers maintained a top 25 ranking in the California Community College Women’s Volleyball Coaches Association Rankings, dropping only two spots from their previous position at 23. RCC is also ranked 15th in Southern California, according to the California Community College Athletic Association website.
RCC looks to move on from this loss in their upcoming matches Oct. 7 at Fullerton College and Oct. 9 when they will host Irvine Valley College.