Falcons falter again at tournaments

Taylor Ogata

The tournament woes continue for the Cerritos College women’s volleyball team.

The Falcons lost both matches to Fullerton and Gavilan Colleges at the Fullerton three-way tournament on Friday, Sept. 25.

Head coach Teresa Velazquez said, “My team was nervous in the first game. They need to curb anxiety a little bit more.”

Cerritos College lost the first match to Fullerton College by the scores of 25-15, 25-20, and 25-13 respectively.

The second match saw the Falcons win the first set 25-15 only to lose the next three sets to Gavilan College by scores of 25-13, 25-22, and 25-15 respectively.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Cerritos College traveled to San Diego City College to play in their tournament and went 2-2.

The first match saw the Falcons defeat Cuyamaca College in straight sets by scores of 25-15, 25-21, and 25-16.

In the second match, Cerritos College won the first set against Cuesta College 25-20 before losing the second set 25-12 and then winning the next two sets, both by scores of 25-22.

The next two matches were against Pima College from Arizona, and the Falcons got swept in both matches.

In the first match, Cerritos College fell by scores of 25-21, 25-18, and 25-14.

The second match was the quarterfinal match of the tournament, and the Falcons lost in straight sets again, this time by scores of 25-22, 25-20, and 25-21.

“[Pima] was pretty good. In this tournament, my team was more calm and the [women] were more consistent, yet the other team was too good,” added Velazquez.

In both tournaments, Nicole Spigner (61 kills), Jasmine Peralta (53 digs) and Natalie Caravantes (144 assists) led the way for Cerritos College.

“The last two matches were against really good teams,” said Spigner. “We did good and we were tired after coming home. Defense wins these matches and we need to keep that up.”

Outside hitter Monica Vega, who had 39 kills and 27 digs total in both tournaments, said, “We had good communication and went for everything. I also got all my digs by reading the hitter.”

The Falcons will return home to take on Long Beach City College this Friday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m.