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Conference Champion Volleyball's Blasco, Rangel Sign With Universities
Pasadena City College women's volleyball coach Tammy Silva announced that two of her top players from the 2009 South Coast Conference champion Lancers have signed with four-year universities.
SCC Most Valuable Player and All-State outside hitter Patti Blasco leaves PCC after just one season to play for and attend the University of Hawaii-Hilo, while two-time, All-SCC First Team libero Marissa Rangel signed with Texas Wesleyan University.
Blasco, the 2009-2010 PCC Women's Athlete of the Year, was a dominating hitter and defensive player for the Lancers as a freshman. From Monterrey, Mexico, Blasco led the Lancers to their first-ever conference championship as PCC went undefeated (16-0) in South Coast matches. The 23-2 Lancers were the No. 1 seed in Southern California and reached the regional finals, losing a 5-game, heartbreaker to Bakersfield.
Blasco led PCC in kills with 299 and was among the top 10 in kill percentage in the state with a .365 hitting mark. She was second on the Lancers in defensive digs with 200 and trailed only her sister, Klaire Blasco, in service aces with 31. At Hawaii-Hilo, Blasco will be playing for interim head coach Tino Reyes. The Vulcans went 25-2 last season, winning the Pacific West Conference title, and ranked No. 17 in the final regular season AVCA Division II national poll.
Rangel, recipient of the 2010 PCC President's Award, joins Texas-Wesleyan (in Fort Worth) after setting PCC records for most digs in a season (322) and career (636). The crafty defender helped the Lancers to a 39-9 winning record in her two years. She also was twice named All-SCC in women's softball. The Lady Rams, an NAIA program, are coached by Christy Clawson. Rangel played her prep sports at California High in Whittier.
"We're real happy for both Patti and Marissa," Silva said. "It's going to be tough to replace two such talented players. We would have liked Patti to have played a second season here, but she received a great opportunity at Hawaii-Hilo. Both players made their marks at PCC and each should continue to be impact players at their new colleges."
[Photo--Marissa Rangel (left) and Patti Blasco move on to the 4-year level.]
Release Date: 08/03/10