Playing a best-of-three format in their pool play, the Cerritos College volleyball team won two of their three matches, but were defeated in a one-game playoff format at the San Diego City Tournament on Saturday. The Falcons now open South Coast Conference play on Friday at 6:00 p.m. when they travel to El Camino College.
In the pool play, which does not count toward the team's overall record, Cerritos defeated Cuyamaca College (25-10, 25-11) and Rio Hondo College (25-15, 25-17), while they dropped a 17-25, 25-22, 15-17 decision to Reedley College. In the one-game playoff format, the Falcons were defeated by Chandler (AZ) CC, 27-29.
In the win over Cuyamaca, the duo of sophomores Sara Hickman (La Mirada HS) and Lisa Villarroel (Long Beach Millikan HS/LBCC) each collected seven kills, while sophomore Jasmynne Roberts (Long Beach Poly HS) had six kills. Villarroel, who also had three blocks, posted all of her kills on seven attempts. Sophomore setter Michelle Barba (Downey HS) dished out 14 assists, with freshman Jasmine Peralta (Lakewood HS) helping the team with five service aces.
Roberts accounted for 15 kills and 11 digs in the loss to Reedley, while Hickman contributed 11 kills and 11 digs. The two were the offensive spark for the Falcons, with Villarroel adding four kills. Barba (21 assists) and freshman Natalie Caravantes (Montebello HS), who had eight assists, directed the offense, with Peralta (13 digs) and Hickman (8 digs) working the back row.
Continuing with a hit hand, Roberts had 11 kills and just one attack error in the win over Rio Hondo, with Barba adding four service aces to go with 12 assists and four digs. Hickman (six kills, eight digs), Villarroel (four kills), and Caravantes (nine assists) also played well for the Falcons. The playoff game against Chandler went back and forth until Cerritos could not extend the game and eliminated them from the playoffs. Roberts had six kills in 11 attempts, while Peralta produced 11 digs, while Barba and Caravantes combined for 11 assists.
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October 31, 2014 Volleyball: Win keeps Falcons alone in second place
October 29, 2014 Volleyball: Loss to El Camino drops team into second place tie
October 24, 2014 Volleyball: Sweep of LA Harbor sets up first place showdown
October 22, 2014 Volleyball: Falcons pull off five-set win over LB City
October 17, 2014 Volleyball: Sweep of LA Trade-Tech fourth win in a row
October 15, 2014 Volleyball: Win keeps Falcons in second place
October 10, 2014 Volleyball: Team posts big win over Mt. San Antonio
October 8, 2014 Volleyball: Falcons sweep past Pasadena City
October 3, 2014 Volleyball: Team drops conference opener to El Camino
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September 12, 2014 Volleyball: Team splits two matches at Cerritos Tournament
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