Volleyball: Team runs out of steam in four-set loss to Mt. San Antonio

Jasmine Soto (18) slammed home 13 kills against Mt. San Antonio
Jasmine Soto (18) slammed home 13 kills against Mt. San Antonio
Looking for a win in their final regular season match, which would have secured a post-season bid, the Cerritos College volleyball team dropped a tough four-set match against visiting Mt. San Antonio College on Friday. The Falcons (13-8, 8-8) finished in sixth place in the tough South Coast Conference after a 25-22, 29-31, 23-25, 14-25 loss to the fourth place Mounties (19-7, 11-5). The seeding meeting for the playoffs is scheduled to take place on November 16, with the final four teams to make the playoffs will play in a first round match on November 18.

In a crucial second set, the Falcons had set point four different times, but could not put away the Mounties. The last time they led in the set, it was at 29-28, but Cerritos saw Mt. SAC record three straight points to take the set. It was more of the same in the third set, as the Falcons led, 23-21 after a Jasmine Soto (Schurr HS) kill. Coming out of a timeout, the Mounties were able to record four consecutive points and took a 2-1 lead in sets.

The Falcons seemed to run out of steam after dropping those two close sets, as ended up dropping the match in four sets.

Cerritos had a trio of players record double-digit kills, with sophomore Jayda Harris-Amete (La Mirada HS) leading the way with 17 kills to go along with seven digs, while Soto posted 13 kills, 14 digs, three block assists and two service aces. Freshman Brisa Cortez (Schurr HS) knocked down 11 kills, with freshman setter Leeya Rubio (Schurr HS) directing the offense with 41 assists and added 10 digs. Freshman libero Priscilla Castillo (Schurr HS) finished the match with 34 digs. As for the Mounties, they had four players record double-digit kills.

Photos by Daryl Peterson