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Five Straight Wins for State's 12th-Ranked Women's Volleyball
After receiving its highest ranking this decade in the just-released opening CCCWVCA State Top 25 Poll at No. 12, the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team celebrated the good news with a sweep over Glendale, 25-9, 25-19, 26-24, at PCC's Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Wednesday night.The Lancers have won five straight matches to improve to 6-1, the most wins by any Southern California college thus far. The team's only loss came against No. 10 Cypress.
Against Glendale, sophomore opposite Galia Sotomayor had 10 kills with no errors in 18 attempts for an outstanding .556 hitting percentage. Libero Marissa Rangel was her usual consistent self with 11 digs. Setter Klaire Blasco added 14 assists and 3 aces. Setter Jessica Xu contributed 17 assists in two games played.
PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva played all 14 players that were available for the match, including newcomer outside hitter Chelsea Umana, who scored 4 kills and 2 digs in the third game.
The Lancers showed some of the heart associated with top-ranked teams when they fought back from three game points to take the third and final set. After trailing 24-21, Patti Blasco nailed a kill that tied it at 24-24. A Glendale attack error was followed by the lefty Sotomayor dropping in her double-digit kill for match point.
"Galia hit extremely well, but again Marissa played super on serve receive and kept us from going to four games," Silva said. "Chelsea played real well off the bench, especially in a pressure situation. Nicole Holmes also played one of her better matches."
Holmes, a sophomore transfer from Cypress, tallied 5 kills with 2 aces over the first two games and only sat the third so Silva could get a look at her reserves. Ruby Lopez added a kill and 2 blocks in the third game. Middle blocker Jessica Foley played well in the first game when she scored 3 of her 4 kills and added 2 blocks.
Silva talked about the importance of the early high ranking.
"The last few years our pre-conference play put us in a hole," Silva said. "This is the first time since coming here in 2007 (she previously coached at Citrus) that we have set ourselves up to finish higher. Our goal is to get a home match in the playoffs. I feel we can earn that if we stay consistent."
The Lancers begin South Coast Conference play Friday, Sept. 18 when it travels to face East Los Angeles College in a 6 p.m. match.
[Photo--Freshman outside hitter Chelsea Umana, who joined the Lancers late after playing her prep volleyball at Van Nuys' Grant High, plays the ball in PCC's three-game sweep over Glendale Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 09/16/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
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