Warriors Drop Hard-Fought Match to Cypress

Warriors Drop Hard-Fought Match to Cypress

TORRANCE, Calif. --- El Camino College dropped its sixth straight match with a 3-1 (27-29, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18) non-conference loss to Cypress on Friday night at the ECC Gym Complex.

The Warriors (0-6) had their best offensive night of the season with highs in kills (50) and hitting percentage (.159) but it was not enough as the Chargers (7-1) were able to keep the Warriors at bey.

The Warriors took a 1-0 lead with a tight set that had both teams struggling offensively. The Warriors attacked at just a .059 clip but it was good enough to surpass the Chargers mark of .036.

It was the second time this year the Warriors won the opening set, but like the first time the night ended in defeat as the Chargers took the next three.

But the second and third sets were anything but easy as the Warriors erased big deficits in each game to take the lead. Trailing 9-4 in the second, Makaela Wilson put the team on her back as the Warriors rallied off five straight points on her serve to even things out. Neither team was able to take more than a two-point lead until the Warriors took a 21-20 advantage.

That's when the Chargers ran off three straight points and five of the last six to take the set and tie things up at one apiece.

The third set was the Warriors best game of the season as they attacked at a .310 clip with 18 kills and just five errors. But the Chargers committed just one attacking error in the frame and capitalized on other Warriors miscues to squeak past the Warriors and take a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth, Cypress was just too much as they attacked at a .378 clip while the Warriors managed just a .184 percentage. The Chargers used a late 8-2 scoring run to turn a 17-16 lead into a 25-18 victory in the final game.

The Warriors will return to action on Wednesday night with their final non-conference match of the year as they head to Orange Coast for a 5 p.m. match.