Rio Hondo’s Women’s Volleyball Dominates A Win Against Desert College

Photo Credit: Mia Alvarez
Outside Hitter Nadine Oronoz #7, sophomore at Rio Hondo College serves the ball against Desert College on Oct. 26, 2022.

The Lady Roadrunners swept the floor against the visiting Roadrunners of Desert College with a score of 3-1 in Whitter on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022. They just came back from dominating a 3-2 win against Mt. SAC last Wednesday, Oct. 19. 

The First Set

Rio Hondo started off the first set very strong with a win of 22-25. They won by just 3 points ahead of Desert. 

In the beginning of the first set, the Lady Roadrunners were a little shaky. They were lacking some energy on the court. Eventually, the ladies started to make some dives, spikes, and bursts of energy were coming from the sidelines that evening. The first set was a bit of a challenge for the Lady Roadrunners, but they pulled through with a win. 

The Second Set

During the second set, the Roadrunners continued to play strong. They started to get their mojo back from the first set. Middle hitter Jayleen Garcia, #16, and outside hitter Jennifer Martinez, #12, both freshman at Rio Hondo College were a dynamic duo on the court by making sure the ball didn’t get on their side of the net. Rio won the second set with a score of 18-25. The Roadrunners made a kill against Desert. 

Setter Haedee Estrella, #15, sophomore and setter Daisy Macias-Cruz, #5, freshman had the best energy on the sidelines. They were cheering on their teammates with different chants, and they even had little pom poms that they were shaking. 

All the Lady Roadrunners needed was to win in the third set in order to sweep Desert.

The Third Set

The Lady Roadrunners started off the third set with confidence. They were determined to end the game. Outside hitter Nadine Oronoz, #7, sophomore, was pulling out great serves. Also, outside hitter Faith Lee, #8, sophomore, had amazing saves throughout the set. In addition, left back Daniela Sanchez, #1, sophomore, made a save with just one hand. 

Rio Hondo was pulling all the tricks in the court but Desert College started to gain the lead. Desert won the third set with a score of 25-20.

The Fourth Set

It all came down to the fourth set. Would Rio Hondo add to their winning streak or get defeated by Desert college? 

There was a lot of energy on Rio’s sideline, and they wanted to win this set to keep their two-game winning streak alive. In the game, the girls really worked together as a team. Their opponents were getting upset with how the game was going. The Lady Roadrunners put a spell on their opponents. Everytime Desert College scored, it was out. Maybe they were mesmerized by how amazing the Roadrunners were playing on the court. Rio Hondo won the fourth set with a score of 17-25. 

The Postgame Interviews

During postgame, setter Faith Wada, #4, sophomore  gave her thoughts on how it feels to be the State Player of the Week. “It feels really cool, I wasn’t really expecting it. I feel like it is all my teammates, honestly, because I don’t do that much. They are the ones swinging. They are the ones passing to me,” said Wada.

Despite winning three sets, outside hitter Nadine Oronoz, #7, sophomore, expressed her feelings about the game. “Everybody was just not feeling each other as much as we used to. We are really rowdy, and we were just kinda like, oh whatever, but we still got the win though,” stated Oronoz.

Next, the Lady Roadrunners will take on the Falcons of Cerritos College. The conference game will take place on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 at Cerritos College in Cerritos at 6 pm.