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Nine Consecutive Wins For Women's VB
The state's No. 8-ranked Pasadena City College women's volleyball team only took 55 minutes to capture its ninth straight victory, a 3-game sweep over visiting Los Angeles City College Friday evening. For PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva, it felt like an eternity."We looked flat. We didn't take care of the ball. We let them carry the play," Silva said in mild dismay after the match. "I know it's hard for us to get up for some of the smaller teams in our conference, but I just expect better from us. If we want to continue to be a top-ranked team, we better start playing like one."
Pasadena improved to 10-1 overall and remains perfect in South Coast Conference play at 4-0. State top-ranked El Camino College is also undefeated in conference (5-0) and with a perfect mark overall at 13-0.
Once again, Silva turned to freshman sensation and outside hitter Patti Blasco to quiet a LA City rally that started the third game. Blasco blasted down 7 of her match-high 10 kills during the clinching set.
The Cubs, the only program remaining at LA City after it cut the rest of its athletic teams due to budget cuts, took a 6-1 lead early in the game. The Lancers' freshman setters Jessica Xu and Klaire Blasco kept placing the ball in the offensive hands of Patti Blasco, whose powerful hitting helped PCC eventually take a 15-13 lead. Middle blocker Miranda Doing knocked down the final 2 kills to finish the match at 25-17.
Doing finished with 7 kills and 4 blocks (2 solos). Xu was strong with 23 assists, 3 kills, and 4 assisted blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Holmes scored 6 of her 8 kills in the first game.
Frosh middle blocker Jessica Foley added 6 kills and 3 blocks while All-SCC returning sophomore libero Marissa Rangel tallied 11 digs. Klaire Blasco chipped in 9 assists, 7 digs and 3 aces.
Silva pointed to the team's 15 attack errors which resulted in PCC hitting .275 overall in the three games that kept LA City around longer than she had hoped.
"I didn't like what our bench produced tonight, but even the starters were making really poor unforced errors," Silva said. "This was an opportunity for some of our non-starters to make a difference. We ended up having to go back to our main lineup because LA City didn't want to go home in 3. We can't afford to allow the opponent to dictate things."
For LACC (1-5, 1-3 in SCC play), Grecia Williams had 4 kills, 7 digs, and a solo block, and AlySanna Dayrit came off the bench to deliver 7 kills.
[Photo--Pasadena had three players soar high at the net with Jessica Xu, Miranda Doing (2) and Patti Blasco (11, at ball) delivering the block defense during PCC's 3-game sweep over Los Angeles City College at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 10/02/09
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