All season long, Karlee Riggs has been a reliable force for the Orange Coast College women's volleyball team.
Pasadena City College Tammy Silva would say the Pirates relied on their standout outside hitter a little too much Saturday in the second round of the California Community College Athletic Assn. Southern Regional playoffs at Orange Coast.
"Wherever she was, that's where they were going," Silva said.
Orange Coast's one-dimensional offense allowed the Lancers to zero in on Riggs, as the rest of the Pirates couldn't keep the visitors honest. It led to a disheartening loss for Orange Coast, which dropped the final three games after winning the first two, 19-25, 22-25, 25-15, 25-17, 16-14.
Pirates Coach Chuck Cutenese couldn't argue with Silva.
"Anyone who's seen us, heard of us, looked at our stats knows Karlee gets a lot of swings at the ball," Cutenese said. "The problem was we needed our middles to put some balls away to allow her to swing against a one-on-one block and we weren't doing that."