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Freshman Blasco Named South Coast Conference Women's Volleyball MVP
Patti Blasco was a top performer in Monterrey, Mexico when she led her prep team to several state championships. This year, Blasco has brought that winning fever to the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team as a freshman outside hitter.
Blasco received the ultimate prize in being selected as the South Coast Conference Most Valuable Player after helping the Lancers win their first-ever conference title with an undefeated 16-0 conference record.
Blasco led a 7-player contingent from PCC to make the conference teams. Freshman setter Jessica Xu, sophomore libero Marissa Rangel, sophomore outside hitter Nicole Holmes, and frosh middle blocker Miranda Doing all were picked to the All-SCC First Team. Sophomore opposite Galia Sotomayor and freshman middle blocker Jessica Foley made All-SCC Second Team while first-year setter Klaire Blasco got an honorable mention.
PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva picked up the SCC Coach of the Year award for the region's No. 1-seeded and state No. 2-ranked Lancers.
Among the top hitters in the state, the 5-foot-8 Blasco was more of a force earlier in this season when she received a majority of the sets. Since other players have progressed and the team's offense has spread out, Blasco has been just as important on the defensive side while still maintaining as PCC's No. 1 offensive player.
Blasco averages 3.7 kills and 2.5 digs per game and her 31 service aces ties her younger sister Klaire for the team lead. Her .374 hitting percentage is in the top 10 in the state in that category. In the team's most difficult conference match, Blasco saved the Lancers in a 5-game victory over Mt. San Antonio when she recorded a season-high 29 kills.
Xu leads the team assists with 518 and is one of five Lancers who has totaled 100 or more hitting kills. Foley paces the squad in overall blocks with 56 (0.92 per game) and Rangel averages 4 digs per game. Sotomayor, Doing, Xu all have hitting percentages above .335.
"I feel like we have several players who are important to our success, but Patti set the tone early on for us," Silva said. "She's a great hitter with a powerful swing and she's right behind Rangel as our best defensive player. We have several sophomores, but Patti showed leadership skills from the get go. I'm pleased to see us get so many of our players conference recognition."
The 22-1 Lancers host No. 16 seed Antelope Valley College Tuesday, November 24 in the first round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs. First serve is 6 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
[Photo--Patti Blasco (11) was selected the South Coast Conference MVP by conference coaches, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/23/09