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Sweep Machine Continues For Women's Volleyball, 20-1 Overall
The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team is ranked No. 3 in the state, but no team has been as dominating in its victories than the Lancers, who have now won a staggering 60 of 67 total games played in 21 matches.
PCC was tested early by No. 18 Cerritos, but stayed the course by recording its 17th sweep of the season in a 25-23, 25-12, 25-22, South Coast Conference victory at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Monday night. That's 19 straight wins since a season-opening day loss to Cypress.
The Lancers are 20-1 overall and maintained their perfect record to stay in first place in the SCC at 14-0 in conference matches. PCC has just two road matches left, one against No. 2-ranked El Camino, a team the Lancers lead by one match in the conference standings. PCC has never won a SCC title since joining the conference in 1986.
Pasadena's date with destiny will take place November 18 at El Camino's Torrance campus. PCC will face host Long Beach City College first on Friday, November 13. Both matches have 6 p.m. first serves.
In the Cerritos win, the first game featured 14 ties and four lead changes. Frosh outside hitter Patti Blasco would finally give the Lancers the final lead at 23-22 with a kill. Blasco would follow with 1 of her match-high 4 aces. Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Holmes capped the game with a hard kill.
In game 2, the Lancers hit .323 and never trailed, taking a 5-0 lead to open the set. After Cerritos cut it to 10-6, PCC went on an 8-2 run topped off by a Holmes ace. Miranda Doing's kill eventually finished off the 13-point rout.
In game 3, Cerritos would not quit, putting together a 10-3 run as Sarah Naranjo's kill tied it at 19-19. Blasco fired a kill to give PCC a 20-19 advantage. Holmes again would come up big with 2 kills that sent it to match point at 24-22. Setter Jessica Xu served the team's ninth ace to complete the victory.
Overall, Holmes had 11 kills and hit .409 while Blasco had 9 kills, 6 digs, and 2 solo blocks to accompany her serving prowess. Blasco had 3 aces in that first game.
Opposite Galia Sotomayor added 7 kills and middle blocker Jessica Foley was strong at the net with 4 kills and 4 blocks. Xu, from China, contributed 3 kills, 29 assists, and 2 aces.
For the Falcons (12-7, 9-5 in the SCC), Naranjo tallied 10 kills and Channelle Puou added 9 kills. Libero Angelica Sievers led all players with 10 digs.
"Cerritos played well and they were diving for every ball, making plays," PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva said. "We did a better job with our blocking in the last two games. We didn't do well on serve receive, which is unusual for us. Galia played well and Nicole and Patti came up with key kills when we needed them. We'll take the win."
Doing added 5 kills. Libero Marissa Rangel totaled just 7 digs in an off night for the defensive wizard. Her 579 digs over two seasons is a career record for PCC. She set the single-season record for digs last year as a freshman with 322.
[Photo--It was Sophomore Night at PCC as the Lancers celebrated their last regular season home match by honoring (from left to right) Galia Sotomayor, Nicole Holmes, Marissa Rangel, and Anita Wang, prior to the Lancers 3-game sweep over Cerritos at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Monday, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/10/09