The Lancers keep a clean home record (8-0) after beating Rio Hondo and Chaffey College for the third time this season.
Unlike their previous matchups this season, the Lancers didn’t struggle with Rio Hondo or Chaffey. They finished Rio Hondo with a final score of 25-18 on Wednesday and took care of Chaffey 25-8 on Friday. It was important that they played with consistency given that it has been an issue, according to head coach Mike Terrill.
That consistency showed with an impressive win against Rio Hondo where PCC left the match with a total of 12 blocks while Rio Hondo only had one. It was a great test for the Lancers, who tussled back and forth during the second set, but came out strong and capitalized on Rio Hondo’s errors.
“It was our best blocking night,” Terrill said. “We were just playing great defense at the net and that was the difference.”
Freshman middle blocker Lania Potter put on a blocking exhibition, adding eight blocks, including two solos. Outside hitter Vanessa Lopez led the team in attacks with a total of nine kills, while Rayleen Rivera added four kills and four serving aces.
“It was our turn to show them who we are as a team and show everyone in the league that we can win this, we can be the underdogs and we can beat teams,” Emily Leung said.
Leung, in remarkable fashion,recorded 19 assists, four kills, two blocks and five digs as a setter against Rio Hondo.
The excitement continued into Friday’s game as Chaffey challenged the Lancers in the first set. Despite the lead, Chaffey was able to keep up and benefit from the four errors that were made by the Lancers. PCC quickly adapted and was able to keep a three point lead and won the first set 17-22.
From then on the Lancers didn’t skip a beat which showed in the improvements they have made with their hitting percentage(.426). Outside hitter Paige Clingaman produced 11 kills and libero Michelle Boyd added eight digs.
“Last game we beat them in five so we were expecting a challenging game,” Shawna Ogata said.
The Lancers are now 15-8 overall and 5-1 in conference.
They go back on the road to face East Los Angeles College on Friday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. in a SCC North match.