Mt. SAC defeats the Rio Hondo Volleyball team in four sets

Victor Lozano, Staff Writer

In the first set, everything was going Rio Hondo’s way after leading 7-3 before Mt. Sac called their first timeout after Rio Hondo trailed at the start…”

The Rio Hondo Volleyball team struck first in the first set against Mt. San Antonio College, but could not string consecutive set wins as they fell to the Mounties 3-1.

After losing their first game to Antelope Valley on Sep 2 by a score of 3-0, the Lady Roadrunners seemed poised to get their first victory at home against Mt. SAC.

In the first set, everything was going Rio Hondo’s way after leading 7-3 before Mt. Sac called their first timeout after Rio Hondo trailed at the start. A dominating start by Rio led to a dominating finish, as they won the first set 25-12 and went up 1-0.

Switching sides must have done wonders for Mt. SAC, as they became the aggressors winning the first 5 points and at one point winning 11 consecutive points in the set. Rio fought back early erasing the 0-5 deficit but could not keep up as Mt. SAC won the second set 25-13 and tied it 1-1.

The third set was completely dominated by Mt. SAC on the attack after taking the lead midway and not looking back while Rio Hondo looked like a completely different version from the team that won the first set. Mt. SAC won the set 25-15 and went up 2-1 putting Rio in a tough position to come back.

Staring at a second straight loss, the Lady Roadrunners came out strong in the fourth set in order to stay alive for a win. Crucial mistakes by Rio allowed Mt. SAC to get back into the game with a 15-4 run and would ultimately take the set 25-17 and a 3-1 victory.

This loss now puts the Lady Roadrunners at 0-2 to start the season and look for their first win, as they play back to back away games on Sep 11 against Santa Ana College starting at 2 p.m. at OEC Quad and against Saddleback College at 4 p.m. at Saddleback Quad.