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Mission Accomplished: 1st Conference Title Secured By Women's Volleyball
It was the spoken goal of Tammy Silva when she was named head coach of the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team in 2007. In just her third season in charge of the Lancers, Silva's goal was reached as the team captured at least a tie for its first-ever South Coast Conference championship Friday with a 3-game sweep over host Long Beach City College.
Silva's Lancers, the state's No. 3-ranked team, ran a school-record winning streak to 20 straight matches and stayed perfect in leading the SCC at 15-0. All that is left for PCC is a chance to grab the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Southern California Regional Playoffs and winning the SCC title outright. The Lancers (21-1) can do both Wednesday, November 18 when they travel to face two-time defending state champion El Camino College, the No. 2-ranked team, in a 6 p.m. first serve. El Camino is 22-1 and 14-1 in the SCC.
PCC defeated the Vikings, 25-14, 25-15, 27-25, in picking up its 18th sweep of the season.
Silva was excited about the conference title accomplishment, which occurred only a week after recording her 100th career victory.
"We set out to do something special, and I think it's great that it happened the same year that our women's basketball team took home the state title," Silva said. "Our women's sports teams are upstaging the men's teams. I knew we had the potential to win a conference title, but to actually do it, and win the way we've been winning matches is especially gratifying. It's a historic year for our college."
PCC had never won a state team title before the women's basketball team took home that crown in March. The volleyball conference title is the first of its kind, and the first SCC crown since joining the conference back in 1987.
Against Long Beach, freshman middle blocker Miranda Doing led the team with 10 kills, 3 blocks and 2 aces and was the team's "player of the game," according to Silva. Frosh outside hitter Patti Blasco added 7 kills, 10 digs and 2 aces. Both Nicole Holmes and Galia Sotomayor contributed 6 kills and setter Jessica Xu tallied 5 kills, 17 assists and 6 digs.
[Photo--Nicole Holmes goes up high to make a strong hit with teammate Patti Blasco (11) waiting in the back ground during the Lancers' conference-clinching sweep at Long Beach City College Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/13/09