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The Hornet

Women’s volleyball emerges victorious against Riverside

The Fullerton College Hornets win their first Orange Empire Conference game taming the Riverside College Tigers 3-1 on Wednesday at home.

Riverside didn’t start well. Their spikes kept hitting the net and they were making bad calls from their defensive side. It looked like Fullerton was en route to winning the first set with a 5-0 lead.

The Tigers made a comeback, catching up to the Hornets in points. They kept the defense on their toes until they took the first set 25-21.

“We had a little bit of issues in the first set with putting the ball down and not communicating well,” said Head Coach Niloofar Mojab. “We shouldn’t have given Riverside even one set.”

The Tigers looked to have given up in set two, making it easy for libero Anne Mayfield to serve several times, acing once, ending the set 25-14 Fullerton.

Set three ended with a competitive rally for a full minute, but several violations and drop balls from Riverside gave the Hornets victory, with Mayfield ending the set with a kill.

Sophomores Jade McIntyre & Anne Mayfield cheer on Sophmore Samantha Martinez after her serving ponit in the 4th set.
Sophomores Jade McIntyre & Anne Mayfield cheer on sophomore Samantha Martinez after her serving point in the 4th set during Wednesday's game at home. Photo credit: Aaliyah Skipper

“Consistency is probably our biggest problem right now,” said Riverside Head Coach Clara Lowden. “When we’re up, we’re up and when we’re down, we’re down.”

This time, the Hornets made sure their drop balls and offensive mistakes didn’t catch up with them, opening the second set with a 4-1 lead advantage.

Set four mirrored three, with both the Hornets and the Tigers making the same mistakes throughout. All players stayed competitive, showing that both teams have the same defensive and offensive problems on the court.

“I think we can always be a little more aggressive at the net and take a few more risks,” said Mayfield. “Every time we take risks, it always comes out with a good outcome.”

Anne Mayfield gets positioned for a strong set to put the ball in play yet again.
Hornet sophomore Anne Mayfield gets positioned for a strong set to put the ball in play yet again during Wednesday's game at home. Photo credit: Aaliyah Skipper

The Hornets kept giving free points to Riverside, allowing them to take the lead 7-4 in the last set. However, Mayfield made several critical points for the team in set four, leading the squad to victory 25-23.

The Hornets (5-7,1-1) will be playing the Saddleback Bobcats (7-1, 0-1) in Mission Viejo next on Friday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m.

About the Contributor
Sara Leon
Sara Leon, Managing Editor
Sara Leon is the Managing Editor for The Hornet and has been on the newspaper for four semesters.  She is a four-time award winning  journalist. Sara has won second place in ACP Best of Show- Broadcast Feature Story and fourth place in Critical Review from JACC for her review and corresponding video of the indie film "Nowhere." She also has earned honorable mention awards from JACC for Profile Feature Story covering a 12-year old student at Fullerton College and Audio Podcast as the producer of Around the Hornet. While Managing Editor in Spring 2023, The Hornet finished seventh place in ACP Best of Show for Website, 2-year campus and received recognition for General Excellence: Online News Site from JACC. From 2023-2024, Sara was also the JACC Student Representative for all community college journalism students in Southern California that are memebers of JACC. Sara enjoys exploring, watching scary movies, and learning about new things. Her end goal in the journalism field is to become a news anchor for ABC Eyewitness News.