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High And Low Of It: Women's VB Splits First 2 Matches

High And Low Of It: Women's VB Splits First 2 Matches image

The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team opened the 2009 season with a 3-game sweep over Santa Barbara City College before getting swept itself by Cypress during the 6-team, Pasadena Tournament Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

The Lancers (1-1) dominated Santa Barbara, 25-21, 25-22, 25-19, as freshman outside hitter Patti Blasco totaled 11 kills, 9 digs and 3 aces in her collegiate debut. Sophomore middle blocker Galia Sotomayor added 8 kills (just 10 attempts) and frosh opposite Miranda Doing scored 6 kills. Freshman setter Jessica Xu contributed 20 assists, 4 kills and 4 digs. First-year setter Klaire Blasco, Patti's younger sister, chipped in 16 assists and 5 digs. Returning All-South Coast Conference libero Marissa Rangel had 10 digs.

Blasco was outstanding in the first game v. Santa Barbara when she downed 8 of her kills and served her trio of aces.

Against Cypress, Blasco again opened well with 6 kills and 2 aces in the first game, but the Chargers caught PCC flat-footed and bolted to a 25-21, 25-21, 25-20 victory. Pasadena had three attack errors as Cypress jumped ahead 6-0 on its way to a 1-0 game lead.

In game 2, PCC sophomore transfer Nicole Holmes tallied consecutive kills against her former college (All-Orange Empire Conference outside hitter in 2007) to give the Lancers a 6-5 lead. Cypress went on a 7-2 run and never looked back. PCC battled in game 3, leading at one point, 16-15, but again the Chargers responded with a 6-0 run that was the knockout blow to finish off the match.

A graduate of Universidad de Monterrey, a prep school in Mexico, Blasco again led the Lancers with 11 kills plus 7 digs, Holmes added 8 kills, Doing 7 kills, Sotomayor 6 kills, 3 aces, and 6 digs, and Rangel paced the defense with 13 digs. Cypress (2-0) was led by Marina Samoa with 13 kills and setter Giajaida Vargas with 33 assists and 4 aces.

"I thought we came out looking confident in beating Santa Barbara," PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva said. "Then, I don't know what happened to us v. Cypress. Our offense fell apart, we couldn't serve-receive, and Cypress played aggressive throughout. We got tired. Patti Blasco was our most consistent player in both matches. We're going to have to work on our conditioning, and we just have a lot of things to correct in practice next week."

PCC will be back in action Wednesday, Sept. 2 when it travels to face Antelope Valley College in a 6 p.m. non-conference match.

PASADENA TOURNAMENT RESULTS

PCC d. Santa Barbara, 3-0; Cypress d. Mt. San Antonio, 3-1; Glendale d. Riverside, 3-2; Cypress d. PCC, 3-0; Santa Barbara d. Riverside, 3-0; Mt. San Antonio d. Glendale, 3-1. Cypress 2-0 to win tournament.

[Photo--PCC outside hitter Patti Blasco (11) pounds one of her 22 kills during the season-opening Pasadena Tournament held Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 08/28/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu