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Women's Volleyball Wins 2 At PCC-Season Opening Quad Tournament

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The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team recorded consecutive victories over Cypress and Santa Barbara City College in an impressive start to the 2010 season in matches played at PCC's Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Friday.

The Lancers, the region's No. 1 seed in last year's playoffs and the defending South Coast Conference champions, swept the 2009 state-runner up in Cypress, 25-16, 26-24, 25-17. Last year, PCC lost to Cypress on opening day, then rattled off 22 straight victories before being eliminated in the regional finals v. Bakersfield.

PCC rallied several times in three of the sets in defeating Santa Barbara in four games, 20-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-22. Pasadena is 2-0 under fourth-year head coach Tammy Silva. 

Against the Vaqueros, PCC was down one game and trailing 20-17 late in game two. The Lancers fought back, outscoring SBCC, 8-1, clinching the game on a kill by setter Danielle Stewart. After dominating the third game to take a 2-1 games lead, PCC would fall behind, 17-11, in the fourth game. Again, PCC responded, eventually taking a 21-20 lead on a kill by Aliyyah Abdullah. Sophomore returning middle blocker Jessica Foley would add the match-clinching kill in completing two victories in one day for the host team.

In the Cypress match, freshman outside hitter Ella Moe slammed down 14 kills and Abdullah, a sophomore middle blocker returning from the 2007 team, added 10 attack points. Stewart, a sophomore transfer from Northwest College (Wyoming), tallied 36 assists in quarterbacking the PCC offense. Returing All-SCC First Team sophomore opposite Miranda Doing was efficient with 7 kills (12 attempts) and 10 digs. 

Against SBCC, Abdullah led the way with 16 kills along with 4 blocks. Moe added 14 kills and Kirsten Taylor, a transfer from C.W. Post who played her prep ball at South Pasadena High, hammered 9 kills, 4 blocks and 2 aces. Stewart was all over the floor, playing both strong defense and offense. The 5-foot-5 player contributed 6 kills on deceptive dump plays, totaled 37 assists, 3 aces, and had a match-high 23 digs.

Overall in the two matches, PCC may have found a libero in freshman Brenda Moscoco, who totaled 34 digs. 

"I'm very pleased with how we rallied against Santa Barbara," Silva said. "We couldn't afford to fall behind by two games there. We did some nice things in both matches, but our offense stood out."

PCC hit .319 in the two victories, averaging an outstanding 14.57 attack kills in the seven individual sets played.

Next up for Pasadena is a Wednesday, Sept. 1 non-conference home match against Antelope Valley College, a team PCC defeated in the first round of the regional playoffs last year. Game time is 6 p.m.

[Photo--Pasadena City College setter Danielle Stewart makes the dig during the Lancers' two victories Friday in opening the 2010 season, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 08/27/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu