Men’s volleyball team gives up early lead; gets knocked out of playoffs by Golden West

A kill banged on the floor in favor of the home team, then an error for visiting El Camino followed suit.

But the Warriors weren’t done, and soon the score was 20-14 in favor of the home squad.

The No. 2 seeded Golden West College Rustlers were not having any of that. Back-to-back aces were reeled off, and then a kill, and eventually the Warriors fell 25-15 in the fourth and the teams were tied 2-2 in sets.

El Camino’s men’s volleyball team (10-10 overall, 7-5 in the Western State Conference) were eliminated from the 2016 California Community College Atheletic Association playoffs after a five-set loss (27-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-25, 15-9) against Golden West College on Friday night.

“We’ve been (in a deficit) before,” Golden West coach Paul Munoz said. “We know how to be in those situations, and I told the (guys) to be more aggressive.”

The advice worked wonders as the Rustlers came back from being down 1-2 in sets to win it overall.

“We’re ready,” he said. “We’ve been ready to (play Long Beach) and our focus is one match at a time, but we’re here to win a state championship.”

While the Rustlers are moving on, the Warriors are done for the year.

“We played real well,” Blount said. “We made little mistakes, they played better than we did, they just out did us. All credit to them.”

Although things were tough in the beginning of the season, several players made their name and sophomores Peter Nordel, Josh Riblett and Nehemiah Iosia; along with freshman Chris Phanngam were named All-Conference players, coach Dick Blount said.

“It’s hard work,” Phanngam said. “I have to give credit to my team for helping me out. We need to work hard (going into the future).”