UPDATE: The Lancers earned the number 17 seed in the Southern California Regional Playoffs. They took part in a play-in round match on Saturday Nov. 21st but were defeated by long-standing rival and 16th seed Mt. San Antonio, 25-15, 25-23 and 25-19.
Despite losing to Mt. San Antonio College, the state’s approval of two additional seeds to create a Southern California Regional play-in round for the No. 15-18 spots might allow the Lancers a shot at sneaking into the postseason.
The Lancers defeated East Los Angeles College on Nov. 13 in a 3-set match, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22.
“That was a good game because everyone was able to play, everyone did really well,” head coach Kari Post said. “We just came together as a team and you could see it tonight we’re a pretty close team and we fight hard.”
Unfortunately in this past Wednesday’s game, the Lancers weren’t able to hang on to late leads during the first two sets and lost to Mt. SAC, 25-23, 30-28, 25-14.
During the first set the Lancers went from being 7 points behind to taking a 23-22 lead but Mt. SAC still managed to take the set.
The Lancers began the second set with a 14-7 lead but Mt. SAC fought their way back and tied the set 24-24 before going to extra points and winning the set 30-28.
“I feel we didn’t show our highest potential and that’s why we lost,” freshman opposite Rayleen Rivera said. “I think we got discouraged and we got frustrated and instead of leaving it on the court we started pointing to the players on the court.”
The Lancers also suffered the loss of sophomore outside hitter Lahiz “Rio” Longobardi, who suffered a concussion during the first set of the game. Paramedics where called to the scene and Longobardi was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
“Rio, that was a big loss for us but she’s totally fine everything was cleared, she has a concussion,” Post said.
During the third and final set the Lancers were not able to keep up and Mt. SAC took a 20-10 point lead before closing the set 25-14.
“We played hard the whole time, no one can say we didn’t and honestly it was a well fought match,” Post said. “We had them scared even though they kind of killed us the last game, they had to earn every single point.”
Regardless of the results, sophomore outside hitter Kirsten Cabarong feels the team had a good season.
“I feel like we improved since the beginning until the end and I hope that the next incoming freshmen and the next players who are coming here to PCC will improve a lot better,” she said.