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Perfect 16-0 For 1st Time Conference Champion Women's Volleyball
The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team put an end to El Camino College's 8-year reign of South Coast Conference championships Wednesday night by soundly sweeping the host Warriors, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22, completing a perfect conference season at 16-0 for the Lancers.
Pasadena extended its winning streak to a school-record 21 consecutive victories and the Lancers will likely be awarded the top Southern California regional seed at this weekend's postseason seeding meeting.
The Lancers (22-1 overall) were ranked No. 3 in the State Top 25 poll coming into the match v. the No. 2-ranked Warriors of El Camino, the two-time defending state champions. PCC captured its first SCC championship outright and the first conference title of any kind by the sport.
PCC's 19th sweep of the season was a domination at the net as the Lancers recorded 11 team block kills to just one by El Camino, a team that is 23-2 overall with both losses coming at the hands of PCC.
The Lancers were led by freshman middle blocker Miranda Doing, who knocked down 8 kills and added 5 blocks, and first-year setter Jessica Xu, who was spectacular at times with 5 kills, a team-high 6 blocks, and 29 assists.
Frosh outside hitter Patti Blasco tallied 12 kills and 6 digs while sophomore libero Marissa Rangel was a defensive force with 16 digs. Freshman middle blocker Jessica Foley contributed 4 kills and 4 blocks. Nicole Holmes added 6 kills and 2 blocks.
"We played great offense and we spread things out," said PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva. "The team wanted to prove to everyone that beating El Camino the first time wasn't a fluke, and we wanted to establish our strength as the top team in SoCal as of right now.
"Miranda has really stepped up these final few matches, and really no one can defend her hits. Jessica Xu was phenomenal. She played perhaps her best match of the season and to do that against an El Camino pretty much tells you what kind of quality setter we have in her. Lastly, in the big matches, we have completely controlled the play at the net with our blocking."
Pasadena won 48 of 51 games played in conference, sweeping 14 of the 16 SCC matches. PCC captured 6 of 7 games against El Camino, meaning it won more sets than all other opponents combined against ECC (69-5 v. all opponents, 23-0 match record). PCC is 66-7 in all games played, a mark unrivaled in the state.
The Lancers will host two playoff matches (if they win in round 1) against to be determined opponents on Tuesday, November 24 and Saturday, November 28. If Pasadena wins both rounds, it would advance to the CCCAA State Final Eight Tournament at Stockton's San Joaquin Delta College December 4-6.
PCC last made it to the state tournament in 1995 when it finished a school-best third place under former head coach and CCCWCVA Hall of Famer Lori Jepsen. PCC Hall of Fame player Sarah Goodlaw was a member of that team.
[Photo--Miranda Doing (black jersey) pounds a kill over two El Camino blockers during the Lancers sweep over host El Camino College Wednesday that allowed the Lancers to win the South Coast Conference title, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/18/09