“Their outside hitter (Suddeth) pretty much kept them in the game,” Krieger said. “Hesperia was very scrappy, and played very good defense, but our mental lapses played a part,” Saldivar said. Host Redlands East Valley took third place by defeating Yucaipa 25-16. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! REDLANDS – Hes peria put on a determined effort, but it was not enough to over come the strength of Riverside County powerhouse Martin Lu ther King as the Scorpions fell 25-23, 26-24 in the title match of the 15-team Redlands East Val ley High School Volleyball Classic on Saturday. King looked like it would make quick work of Hesperia after taking a 21-14 lead in the first game, but Penina Suddeth and Brittany Westplat led the Scor pions on a 9-3 rally to make it 24-23. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If we would have gotten a bet ter start earlier in that first game, it would have been interesting.” Hesperia advanced to the finals after upsetting the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Yucaipa, 19-25, 25-18, 15-13. “We got lackadaisical after beating Yucaipa,” Lopez said. King (12-4) took the trophy by finally wearing down Hesperia and its 21-20 lead with a 6-3 finish. Noel Rosborough led King with 10 kills and all-River side County setter Holly Ander son had 29 assists. Stephanie Saldivar led the two-time de fending Ivy League champion Wolves with seven digs. “Things they were doing were things we should have been stopping,” said King coach Gene Krieger, referring to the center dump. “Hesperia im pressed me, but there was no one in the tournament who could hit the ball like Rosborough or Ju lian Paul. If we make a good pass, there is hardly anyone (who) stops our middle play.” Suddeth led Hesperia with 13 kills and Alyssa Auck added five kills and 18 assists. Westplat finished with six kills. Hesperia (13-2) lost the first game when the referee awarded King the winning point on a net infraction. “We realized how bad we want ed it after they took the big lead,” said Hesperia coach Omar Lopez, who called a key timeout after his team trailed by eight points.