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Xu Paces Women's Volleyball's 10th Straight Victory
From Shenyang, China, Pasadena City College women's volleyball setter Jessica Xu is a coach's dream. Quite possibly the tallest setter in the state at 6-foot-1, the freshman Xu also is part of a PCC offense that allows her to show off her hitting skills.In the Lancers' 3-game sweep over visiting Los Angeles Trade Tech College, 25-11, 25-13, 25-14, Wednesday, Xu set 30 assists, knocked down 6 kills in just 8 attempts, and added 6 defensive digs. Just another typical night for a player who is new to the United States and just learning the English language.
Xu helped the state's No. 8-ranked Lancers win their 10th consecutive match and move their perfect South Coast Conference record to 5-0. PCC is 11-1 overall and battling top-ranked and two-time defending state champion El Camino for the conference's top spot.
"I was calling Jessica the best setter I've ever seen at the community college level, and that was before I even got to see her in a real match," PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva said. "I just marvel at how easy she makes it look. She is a polished player, but you can see her improving as the season progresses."
Xu is part of PCC's international dynamic duo with freshman outside hitter Patti Blasco, from Monterrey, Mexico. Blasco is making double-doubles a regular occurence with 11 kills and 11 digs v. Trade Tech. She hit .435, making only 1 error in 23 attempts. As of this week, she stood 10th in the state in kills per game at 3.9.
Freshman opposite Miranda Doing totaled 10 kills and middle blocker Jessica Foley added 6 kills. Sophomore libero Marissa Rangel tallied 15 digs while frosh setter Klaire Blasco (Patti's younger sister) continued to be the team's top server with 5 aces along with 11 assists.
Sophomores Nicole Holmes and Galia Sotomayor added 4 kills and 4 digs each. Middle blocker Stacey Diaz contributed 3 kills in the final game.
The Lancers improved each game with their hitting, from a mediocre .171 in the first game to .324 in the second, and up to .441 (18 kills, 34 attempts) in the finale third set. Overall, they hit .311.
Alexis Corral led Trade Tech with 12 digs as the Lady Techsters fell to 1-8 and 1-5 in the SCC.
PCC faces No. 22-ranked Cerritos College in a SCC road match Friday, October 9 at 6 p.m.
[Photo--Jessica Xu (No. 6, pronounced shoe) finishes a kill v. LA Trade Tech in the Lancers' 3-game, South Coast Conference sweep Wednesday at PCC's Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 10/07/09
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