The Lancers volleyball team remains winless on the 2014 season after their conference opening loss to Mt. San Antonio on Friday.

The Lancers volleyball team remains winless on the 2014 season after their conference opening loss to Mt. San Antonio on Friday.

Despite a much improved showing on both sides of the net, the young Lancers were unable to win a single set at home against the Mounties, losing 25-20, 25-20 and 28-26. The Lancers (0-8, 0-1) remain winless on the season, while the Mounties (5-4, 1-0) open conference play with a three set sweep on the road.

“The fight is there and that’s one good sign,” PCC head coach Bill Sanchez said. “The passing was better and defensively there was a significant improvement.”

Although PCC has only won a single set the entire season, the Lancers looked much improved at home against the Mounties, almost forcing a fourth set.

“Defense has been a huge focus for us this season and we’re improving each game,” assistant coach Kari Post said. “Our defense has been much improved. We’re more focused on fundamentals and we’ll continue to improve.”

The Lancers were without several players Friday due to injury, including lone returner Saige Spence, who’s battling a back injury. Although the Lancers were down to only three substitutes, they gave the Mounties all they could handle.

“Communication is very important,” freshman outside hitter Lahiz Longobardi said. “We just need to have each other’s backs and trust our teammates. When we make a mistake we have to be able to recover and move on to the next point.”

In the third set, PCC led 22-20 on a kill by Longobardi, but Mt. SAC would answer and send it to match point at 24-23. Despite a valiant effort on defense, the Lancers were unable to take control of the third set.

“We need to learn how to finish, and when we do, we will win some sets,” Sanchez said. “We’re young and it’s going to take time.”

The Lancers were led by Longobardi, who recorded a match-high 17 kills and added eight digs and three assisted blocks. Freshman middle blocker Chy’annea Hodges added 10 kills and two blocks. On defense, libero Sabrina Takeuchi recorded 22 digs and sophomore setter Megan Williams added 13 digs and 32 assists.

The Lancers next travel to Cerritos College on Wednesday, Oct. 8 in a 6 p.m. conference match.

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