Volleyball team splits Foothill Conference games

Rio Hondo’s women’s volleyball team split a pair of Foothill Conference games last week as they defeated Cerro Coso in three sets, but lost three sets to Victory Valley.

Rio looked overmatched by the Victor Valley offense as they dropped behind 4-0  in the first set.

Victor Valley sent Rio reeling with a flurry of kills and forced errors. But Rio responded with its own  run and got  close, 4-3, but great plays by Victor Valley shutdown Rio for the rest of the period and they won the set, 25-14.

In the second set, Rio and Victor Valley seemed evenly matched throughout the  match. But then an explosion of back to back to back to back serve aces by Rio’s Andrea Velasco, the third leading person in the  conference with Service Aces, gave the Roadrunners the lead at 18-12.

But Victor Valley did not lay down and suddenly took over.

After a brief timeout, Victor Valley went on a roll with a series of kills and Rio Hondo errors. But again Rio showed resilience and were on the cusp of winning the set with a score of 24-20.

But Victor Valley had different plans and tied it up at 24-24.

With both teams evenly matched, the Lady Roadrunners gave up the lead and lost the set, 26-24.  Rio lost the third set 25-14.

Velasco led Rio with 10 kills. Makena Schildmeyer chipped in six kills and Jasmin Marcias lead Rio with 24 assists.

Victor Valley’s Kaylee Minnick lead  both teams with 12 kills and Brielle Belts also had 20 assists.

Coach Teddi Esko said about the loss: “Victor Valley is a good team. We battled, made mistakes and did not respond well enough. We fought to the end but 1 point changes the momentum. They were on the whole night but I am proud of my team.”

The Lady Roadrunners looked good as they knocked off Cerro Coso and to win their second straight in a 3-0 shutout Wednesday night.

In the first set, Rio showed some toughness  by keeping balls alive and manufacturing them into successful kills and got off to a 10-6 lead. Cerro Coso got as close as 15-11 but Rio went on a 10-1 run led by Nicole Barrios and won the set 25-12.

In the second set, the lady Roadrunners seemed poised to easily win the set as they got on a roll and were leading, 22-16. But Cerro Coso went on a 3-0 run to get it as close as 22-19, but Rio prevailed, 25-21.

In the third, Megan Ward led Rio with two kills and gave them a 5-2 lead.

Cerro Coso played behind all night and nothing changed as the Lady Roadrunners took the set, 25-19.  Schildmeyer, who is fifth in the conference with 2.22 kills per set, got another 10 kills. Megan Ward and Andrea Velasco followed with six kills apiece and  Marcias had 28 assists.

Cerro Coso’s Ashley Sherrick lead with 12 kills and Candace Perez and Kelsey Lopez had 10 assists.

Coach Esko on the sudden turnaround: “So over the weekend, I sat with each individual girl and spoke about individual game plans and how each girl is able to complete it.

We also worked on some defensive drills that we were not able to complete or do over the course of the season and now have had a attempt to do so.”

Over the past month, Women’s Volleyball of Community Colleges have been wearing shirts and other gear to support the fight of breast Cancer Awareness.

Each item bought sent  one dollar for Dig For a Cure, which helps raise money.