Women’s Volleyball: No. 3 El Camino too much for Long Beach, Vikings swept at home
The Long Beach City College women's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to No. 3 state-ranked El Camino College in a South Coast Conference match on Wednesday night at LBCC.
Long Beach lost the match by scores of 25-19, 25-17, and 25-18. The Vikings were swept for the second straight time by a ranked opponent after falling last week to No. 4 Pasadena City College.
The loss dropped Long Beach to 8-8 overall and 3-5 in the SCC while El Camino moved to 17-2 and 8-0 in conference play.
Despite the final outcome, LBCC played the Warriors tough. In set one, LBCC got as close as 18-17 before El Camino outscored the Vikings 7-2 the rest of the way for the win.
In set two, the Vikings stormed out to a 5-0 lead and was up 7-2 before El Camino went on to score 10 of the next 12 points to go ahead 12-9. LBCC didn't give up, and after a kill from freshman Raegan Heitzig, the Vikings were down by just three at 18-15. The Vikings would get no closer as El Camino took advantage of three LBCC attacking errors to close out the second-set win.
It was more of the same in the third. Long Beach held an early 7-6 lead before El Camino rallied to jump ahead. Sophomore Audris Leiataua's kill got Long Beach within one point at 11-10 before El Camino poured it on for the win.
"We gave them a good match," said LBCC coach Telia Robertson. "The girls have nothing to hang their heads about. We were in each game and never quit."
Heitzig led LBCC with 10 kills. She also added two aces and two digs. Leiataua chipped in with five kills and a team-high five blocks.
Sophomore Megann Capic added nine digs, while sophomore Cashmere Santos led LBCC with 15 assists.
Kaye Lani Tanuvasa had a big night for El Camino as she led the Warriors with 16 kills, 10 digs, and five blocks. Sarah McFadden posted a match-high 44 assists.
Long Beach is back home again on Friday night (Oct. 29) at 6 pm when it hosts East Los Angeles College in a South Coast Conference match.