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Season ends in bitter fashion for Orange Coast College

Women’s Volleyball

Pirates blow two-game advantage in second-round SoCal Regional contest, as Pasadena comes back to win in five.

November 24, 2012|By Andrew Shortall
  • OCC's Karlee Riggs (7), Andi Frisina (1) and Isabel Emrich (4) plead to the referees to change the final call during the fifth set against Pasadena.
OCC's Karlee Riggs (7), Andi Frisina (1) and Isabel… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

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."

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Of fourth-seeded Orange Coast's 55 kills, 31 came from Riggs. No other Pirate had more than six kills, as Morgan Link and Dana Nicholson finished with six each.

The fifth game was tightly contested, with 11 ties and six lead changes.

Orange Coast bounced back from a 3-1 hole and used a 3-0 lead to take its first multi-point advantage of the game, 8-5, on a kill from Riggs and two unforced Pasadena errors. The Lancers responded with a 4-0 run of their own to reclaim a slight advantage on two kills from Noralia To'omalatai and a kill and block from Megan Callen.

"At that point all we had to do was side out and the next time we serve it's 9-8," Cutenese said. "We struggled in rotations and unfortunately we found ourselves in a tough rotation in game five, couldn't get out of it and let them back in. Those are the things that are hard to live with — knowing that you were so close and had so many opportunities."

Riggs started heating up late in the game, as she scored three straight points on kills for the Pirates, who found themselves up, 13-12. Pasadena's Jackie Valle-Acosta knotted the score with a kill of her own, but Orange Coast stayed in front, 14-13, after Pasadena setter Kailey Faust and Valle-Acosta's timing was off on a quick attack, resulting in an error and match point for the home team.

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