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Blasco, Xu Make All-State Women's Volleyball Team
After the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team set a school record with a 22-match winning streak this season, the Lancers banked on that success with the selections of the international freshmen duo of outside hitter Patti Blasco and setter Jessica Xu to the 12-player, All-State Team.
Blasco, the South Coast Conference MVP, led PCC with 299 kills this season as she averaged 3.8 kills and 2.5 digs per game. The product of Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico), via an early childhood in Spain, was one of the state's top hitters with a .365 season kill percentage. She was second on the team in service aces with 31.
Xu, who was home-schooled in Shenyang, China, averaged 7.45 assists, 1.4 kills and 0.6 blocks per game. The 6-foot-1 Xu and 5-8 Blasco were key reasons why PCC won its first-ever South Coast Conference championship with an undefeated in conference record of 16-0. The team was named the South's No. 1 seed and earned a No. 2 state ranking in the final regular season poll.
The two players are expected to return to play next season for the Lancers. They are coached by Southern California Coach of the Year Tammy Silva.
2009 All-California Team
Kiley Tamblyn, El Camino
[Photo--Patti Blasco (left) and Jessica Xu (right) were named All-State for 2009, image created by Richard Quinton]
Release Date: 12/02/09