Volleyball team loses season finale; gets ready for conference tournament
For a second straight match, the T-Duck volleyball team needed a fifth-game tiebreaker to determine a conference win or loss in their regular season finale Monday.
Unfortunately, Richland couldnâ€™t make it two wins in a row when the T-Ducks lost to Cedar Valley College, 22-30, 32-30, 28-30, 30-27, 15-8, in their final home match of the season.
The loss, according to volleyball coach Zelda Smith, could put Richland in a tie for second place in the conference standings, forcing a one-match playoff to determine the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament, which will be Saturday.
If a one-match playoff is needed, Smith said it would be played Thursday at a neutral site.
Until then, assistant coach Ramona Jack said the T-Ducks (6-27, 6-4) will work hard on playing their game.
â€œWe need to learn to play our game, which is aggressive,â€ Jack said following the tough loss.Â â€œWe need to dictate what happens throughout [the match].â€
Opening with a 30-22 win in Game 1, it appeared as if the T-Ducks were in control of the game but whatever momentum they had was lost in the second game.
The sea-saw battle continued in Game 3, when Richland held an eight point lead at one point before having to hold off a fierce late Cedar Valley rally.
Although Cedar Valley lost the game, the Suns momentum carried over to Game 4, which is when they returned the favor by holding off a late Richland rally, setting up the decisive final game.
In the final game, Cedar Valley built an 11-5 lead and never looked back.
â€œWe have to stay on our toes and pay attention [in matches],â€ Jack said. â€œWe have to be ready for anything that comes our way.â€
Nakiethia Lampkin led Richland with 14 kills and 31 digs.