Volleyball: Second round of conference play almost resulted in upset of Rio Hondo

File Photo: Jasmine Soto (18) slams home a season-high 23 kills against Rio Hondo
File Photo: Jasmine Soto (18) slams home a season-high 23 kills against Rio Hondo

Starting the second round of South Coast Conference play on Friday night, the Cerritos College volleyball team was looking to avenge all of their first round losses. First up was conference-leading Rio Hondo College, and after the Falcons won the first set 25-21, it looked like good things were about to happen. However, the state's #13-ranked Roadrunners (14-3, 9-0) regrouped and won the next three sets, 25-17, 25-19, 25-23 to come away with the win. If Cerritos had been able to pull off a win in the fourth set, the match would have gone to a 15-point fifth set.

Next up for the Falcons (9-5, 4-5), they will host second place Long Beach City College (13-2, 7-2) in a rare noon home match next Friday. LB City swept Cerritos in their first meeting.

Freshman Jasmine Soto (Schurr HS) was a one-person attack machine, as she turned in a season-high 23 kills while hitting .356 and was second on the team with 17 digs. As a team, the Falcons were able to extend rallies with their back row capabilities, but couldn not contain the taller hitters for the Roadrunners.

Also playing well was sophomore Jayda Harris-Amete (La Mirada HS), who finished with 11 kills and 13 digs, with freshman setter Leeya Rubio (Schurr HS) dishing out 34 assists and added nine digs. Cerritos was playing without libero Priscilla Castillo (Schurr HS) and turned to sophomores Madison Borja (La Mirada HS) and Jenni Solano (La Mirada HS), who combined for 26 digs. Also providing a net presence was freshman Brisa Cortez (Schurr HS), who turned in four kills.