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Volleyball Sweeps Two At El Camino Quad
It's starting to come together for the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team. The Lancers swept both LA Pierce and Ventura at Friday's El Camino College Classic Tournament, stretching their winning streak to four matches.Going back to Wednesday's win over Victor Valley, PCC has won nine consecutive games played as part of a streak that has improved the team's overall record to 5-1. The Lancers will find out where they are ranked statewide in next week's opening CCCWVCA Top 25 Poll.
PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva is now 32-19 since taking over the program in the 2007 season, a year after the '06 team won just two matches.
"We really played well throughout both matches, controlling them both from start to finish," Silva said. "We got a lift from using Galia Sotomayor on the right side and she seemed to thrive there after playing mostly middle for us. Patti Blasco is just all over the court, hitting through people, going around them, and showing her ability to hit from anywhere on the floor."
In the first match, PCC scored a victory over one of the state's perennial powers in LA Pierce, 25-20, 25-21, 25-11. Blasco totaled 15 kills, hitting .452 in 31 attempts with just 1 error. Sotomayor delivered 8 kills and 5 assisted blocks. Libero Marissa Rangel added 9 digs and setter Jessica Xu 23 assists and 4 kills. Setter Klaire Blasco, Patti's younger sister, chipped in 3 aces and 9 assists.
Sotomayor continued her excellent play with a team-high 9 kills (only 17 attempts) in PCC's victory over Ventura, 25-20, 25-18, 25-20. Xu again was consistent with 18 assists and 5 kills. Patti Blasco saw her streak of double-digit kill matches end at five, but knocked down 8 kills. Cambria Mendez served 2 aces.
In roster moves, the Lancers said goodbye to sophomore Jessica Damasco (left for personal reasons), but said hello to two 5-foot-9 outside hitters in Chelsea Umana and Brooke Mataele. The pair played together as All-Los Angeles City selections at Grant High in Van Nuys in 2006. Mataele would go on to play her senior season in her hometown of Oahu, Hawaii at Kahuku High.
The Lancers will try to extend their streak to five straight wins when they host Glendale College Wednesday, Sept. 16 in a 5 p.m. match at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
[Photo--Sophomore middle blocker/opposite Galia Sotomayor pounds down one of her 8 kills in PCC's 3-game win over LA Pierce Friday at the El Camino College Quad Tourney in Torrance, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 09/11/09
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