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State's No. 3 Women's Volleyball Trounces Mt. SAC In 3
The only time the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team has been stretched to five games this season came against Friday night's visitors-- state No. 20-ranked Mt. San Antonio College. That was a month ago when the Lancers went to the limit and recorded the victory at Mt. SAC.
Things have changed dramatically since that match, especially the level of play by the Lancers, who are ranked No. 3 in the state. PCC showed its poise and dominated the Mounties in recording its 15th sweep, 25-17, 25-16, 25-13, before 200 fans at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
Pasadena continues its hold on first place in the South Coast Conference with a perfect 11-0 mark while extending its winning streak to 16 straight matches. The Lancers are 17-1 overall under head coach Tammy Silva, who is one win away from reaching the century mark for her coaching career. She is 99-47 in her seven seasons coaching at PCC and Citrus (2003-06).
The Lancers served 11 aces to just one by the Mounties (11-6, 8-4 in the SCC). Sophomore Anita Wang came off the bench to serve 3 aces in the first game. Pasadena so thoroughly controlled the match that Mt. SAC only had two leads, both at 1-0 in the first and third games.
Overall, frosh outside hitter Patti Blasco had a team-high 8 kills with 7 digs while second-year opposite Galia Sotomayor tallied 7 kills. Freshman middle blocker Miranda Doing pounded 5 kills (8 attempts) with 4 digs and a block. Reserve first-year middle blocker Chelsea Umana had 4 kills and 2 digs and starting freshman middle blocker Jessica Foley contributed 3 kills and 2 blocks.
Once again, frosh setter Jessica Xu put out an all-around effort with 4 kills, 2 aces, 2 blocks and 23 set assists. Sophomore libero Marissa Rangel was a defensive force with 13 digs as she and reserve freshman defensive specialist Cambria Mendez (3 digs) consistently played well on serve receive.
"We are a so much better team than the one that played Mt. SAC the first time around," Silva said. "Our middles played well, but we had players contributing in all areas, and a pretty good job by our bench. Chelsea Umana and Cambria Mendez have both stepped up to strengthen our depth.
"The last time we played, Patti Blasco had 29 kills and Mt. SAC did everything it could to prevent her from being a force tonight. All that did was allow us to spread our offense, and it opened it up for the rest of our team."
Pasadena hit .385 in the final game and received attack kills from eight different players.
PCC next plays at Los Angeles City College Wednesday, November 4 in a 7 p.m. conference match.
[Photo--Setter Jessica Xu, from China, shows her leaping ability as she goes up high to stuff the ball on two Mt. San Antonio defenders in the Lancers' 3-game sweep over the Mounties Friday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 10/30/09