Volleyball: Sweep of LA Harbor gives Falcons second win in a row

Volleyball posted a sweep over LA Harbor for their second win in a row
Volleyball posted a sweep over LA Harbor for their second win in a row

Looking to start another winning streak after opening the season with six straight victories, the Cerritos College volleyball team recorded a 25-13, 25-12, 25-18 straight set win over visiting Los Angeles Harbor College on Friday night. The Falcons (7-3, 2-3) have now won two in a row and will travel to East Los Angeles College for a 6:00 p.m. South Coast Conference match next Wednesday.

Against the Seahawks (0-10, 0-4), Cerritos was able to score points in bunches, which enabled them to open big leads in each of the three sets. They turned a 12-8 first set lead into a 17--8 match after freshman Leeya Rubio served up a pair of aces and also added a kill. The Falcons closed out the first set with a pair of LA Harbor errors to go along with a kill from Jayda Harris-Amete (La Mirada HS).

Cerritos took advantage of a pair of Seahawk attack errors, coupled with a pair of kills from Jasmine Soto (Schurr HS) to take an 8-2 lead to start the second set. At no point in the set did LA Harbor score consecutive points, while the Falcons received four straight kills from Harris-Amete to build a 14-6 lead. That was followed by kills from Brisa Cortez (Schurr HS), Kaydence Portillo (Bell Gardens HS) and Harris-Amete to see their lead swell to 20-10. Portillo, who accounted for three of the team's last six points, closed out the set with a kill.

Looking to close out the match in three sets, the Falcons opened up a commanding 10-1 lead, only to see the team suddenly struggle with the LA Harbor serve. They allowed three service aces and also had a ball-handling error that closed the match to 12-6 and then 17-11. It was a 20-15 Falcons lead and after teams traded service errors, kills by Portillo and Kira Magdaleno (Artesia HS) put the team back in position to close out the match. Cerritos closed out the match on two Seahawk errors.

Soto led the attack with 10 kills and hit .368, while Harris-Amete finished with eight kills and hit .400. Rubio, who provided three kills from her setter position, dished out 32 assists while serving up six aces. Portillo added seven kills, while Madison Borja (La Mirada HS) led the back row with eight digs.

Photos by Daryl Peterson