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Volleyball Turns It Around In 4 Over Victor Valley
Down 1-0 in games and 9-2 in score in the second game, Pasadena City College women's volleyball coach Tammy Silva figured it was just a matter of time before her team would awake from the effects of its van ride to Victor Valley College in Victorville.By the time it was over, the Lancers had completely rebounded from its sluggish start and scored their second straight victory, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-18, in a non-conference match Wednesday evening.
The Lancers are 3-1 to start the '09 season and Silva picked up her 30th coaching victory since taking over the program in 2007.
Freshman outside hitter Patti Blasco (attended prep school in Mexico) recorded her fourth consecutive double-figure kills match with a team-high 15 kills plus 11 digs and 2 blocks. Frosh setter Jessica Xu (from China) made the biggest impact with a surprising 13 kills to go with 12 assists and 3 blocks
"They were like the dynamic duo out there," said Silva of the frosh pair. "They absolutely controlled the match with their go-to hitting. Jessica stepped up tonight after kind of being timid in the first three matches."
Another player who was a huge factor in the victory was sophomore libero Marissa Rangel, who recorded her season high of 24 digs.
"Ma-dee was ridiculously good at serve receive with a 70 percent efficiency on passing. We played good team defense, but she's the one who is responsible for that. She's one of the best liberos in the state."
Freshman setter Klaire Blasco totaled 27 assists and first-year opposite Miranda Doing added 8 kills. Middle blocker Jessica Foley chipped in 5 blocks (1 solo).
Silva talked about the team's ability to rebound from a slow start.
"Last year's team wouldn't have come back the way this one did," she said. "We lost in three to Cypress and since that match we are showing that we can fight back. We still have a long way to go to reach the level of play that we need to be a playoff contender."
This Friday, Sept. 11, the Lancers will be in action at the El Camino College Quad Tournament. PCC faces a difficult test against traditional power LA Pierce (10 a.m.) before facing Ventura at 1 p.m.
[Photo--Miranda Doing (2) and Jessica Foley (13) go up for the block for the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team in its 4-game win at Victor Valley College Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 09/09/09
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