PCC Women’s volleyball was unable to hand El Camino its first loss in the South Coast Conference on Wednesday at the Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The Lancers were able to match El Camino’s play throughout the game but ultimately fell short and lost in three sets, 25-15, 25-13 and 25-22.
“I think that you could see during the game when we executed our game plan we were just as good as they were but they just made fewer mistakes and we made a few more,” head coach Kari Post said. “They put some balls away and we weren’t able to get them up. They are a great a team, they’re coached really well and they have great athletes.”
El Camino began the first set by quickly scoring the first 2 points and despite several ongoing rallies, the Lancers were unable to catch up, ending the set down by 10 points.
Despite the loss, freshman opposite Rayleen Rivera felt optimistic about the team’s performance.
“I think we did great, honestly is not all about winning it’s about giving it your all and I think we did that and we stayed as a team the whole time,” Rivera said.
Rivera was among the players who stood out the most during the game, tallying 5 kills and 5 digs.
During the third set, the Lancers managed to take a 6-point lead and were able to stay ahead for the majority of the set.
It was a nerve-racking set and it seemed like the game was coming back for the Lancers but towards the end El Camino caught up 21-21 and took the set by only a 2-point margin, 25-22.
“I feel like we get too excited or we get nervous . . . we think, we got to finish, we got to finish!” sophomore middle blocker Chy’Annea Hodges said. “I feel like we should just do more finishing drills to get used to that type of situation and type of environment but for the most part we were fighting, you know, we were battling.”
The Lancers still have four more games to play in the conference and Post has positive expectations.
“I feel like we can win out, we can win the rest of them but we need to be able to play,” Post said. “If we play the way we did today we’ll win the rest of everything we just need to make sure we play this way for the rest of the season.”