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Women's Volleyball Upsets State No. 1 El Camino In 4 Games

Women's Volleyball Upsets State No. 1 El Camino In 4 Games image It will go down as one of the epic victories in Pasadena City College women's volleyball history. The Lancers, ranked No. 6 in the State Top 25 Poll, upset No. 1 and two-time defending state champion El Camino College in four games before a lively home crowd at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Friday night.The Lancers took sole possession of first place in the South Coast Conference at 8-0 with the victory and extended their winning streak to 13 consecutive matches. El Camino saw a 33-match, regular-season winning streak snapped and lost to the Lancers for the first time since Nov. 8, 2000. That was back when it was side-out only scoring with games up to 15 points. Pasadena (14-1 overall) won by game scores, 16-25, 25-17, 25-14, 29-27. El Camino is now 16-1 and in second place at 7-1 at the halfway mark of the conference season. PCC saw the momentum switch twice, once after it lost game 1, then dominated game 2. It happened again when it fell behind 10-4 to open the third game. The Lancers would score the next six consecutive points on their way to a monster 21-4 run to take the pivotal third set. Trailing 24-21 in game 4, PCC withstood three game points with solo blocks by Jessica Xu and Miranda Doing, and a sharp kill by Nicole Holmes. The Warriors would take a 27-26 lead, but PCC fought back with a kill by Holmes to tie it. Patti Blasco's kill was followed by a service ace from Holmes that capped the win and sent the entire gym into a celebration on the floor. The large crowd was full of individuals from several of PCC's sports squads, including the football team, the men's and women's basketball teams, and both soccer teams. "What an amazing team victory," said PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva, who had never beaten an El Camino team in six previous matches as a coach. "We talked about having to play great defense at the net and force them into hitting errors. We had easily the best blocking game I've seen in my three years here at PCC. Nicole Holmes was a leader out there with her hitting, and from Jessica Foley to Miranda Doing to Jessica Xu to Galia Sotomayor, we took charge at the net. Marissa Rangel's defense along with Patti Blasco's was terrific. They were digging everything to keep points in play." Pasadena recorded a team-season high 14 block kills, led by Xu with 7 (6 assisted) and both Doing (2 solo) and Foley with 6 total blocks each. Holmes hit .326 with 16 kills in 43 attempts while Blasco also recorded 16 kills along with her season-high of 18 digs. Rangel made 19 digs. Xu was an all-around force as the 6-foot-1 setter from China delivered 7 hitting kills, 28 set assists, and 6 digs to go with her key blocking. Sotomayor added 6 kills and 4 assisted blocks. Thanks to PCC's defense, El Camino uncharacteristically made 36 attack errors and hit just .033 for the match. Pasadena hit .204, but was especially strong in games 1 (.375) and 3 (.333). "This is a big win for me personally," Silva said. "It's a long way away still to win a conference title, but now we are in the driver's seat. I'm excited for our girls. All the practicing paid off this week." For El Camino, Yacine Meyer had 12 kills and libero Kiley Tamblyn made 22 digs. PCC has own 42 sets in 49 total games played this season, and taken 39 of 43 games during the current win streak. The Lancers next host East Los Angeles College Wednesday, October 21 in a 6 p.m. SCC match. [Photo--Celebrate Good Times--(from left to right) Miranda Doing, Nicole Holmes, Jessica Xu (6), Patti Blasco (11) and Galia Sotomayor get excited after a key point in PCC's 4-game upset victory over state No. 1-ranked El Camino Friday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/16/09
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
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