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Freshman Moe Shines Again As Women's Volleyball Wins 3rd Straight
Ella Moe reached double figures in attack kills for the third consecutive match as the freshman outside hitter led the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team to a non-conference sweep over Antelope Valley, 25-14, 25-13, 25-20, at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Wednesday night. It was the Lancers third straight victory, all on their home court.
Pasadena (3-0) again received efficient hitting from Moe, a 5-foot-8, All-State prep player from Orem High in Utah. Moe notched 12 kills in just 19 attempts, making only one error. Her .579 kill percentage stood out as PCC hit .413 as a team. Moe added 5 digs and 3 service aces.
Moe has 40 kils in 10 individual games played for a 4.0 kills per game average. Her attack percentage is at a nifty .390.
"Ella basically has taken the place of last year's conference MVP Patti Blasco (now at University of Hawaii-Hilo)," PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva said. "Those are big shoes to fill, but so far Ella has met the challenge. She has a traditional power-hitting swing, but she is constantly looking for the open space, and placing those hard hits in the right spots. Her court sense is way ahead of most freshmen."
The defending South Coast Conference champion Lancers defeated their third defending fellow conference champion from 2009 in AVC (Foothill Conference) after downing both Cypress (Orange Empire Conference, state runner-up) and Santa Barbara City (Western State Conference North Division) last week.
Silva said she would love to be excited about her team's future high state ranking, but is more concerned about the team's weaker points.
"We made 11 service errors and that's like handing a half-game's worth of points away," she said. "We are going to have to work extra hard on serving, serve receive, and our defense in general. Offense continues to be our strength."
Besides Moe, Silva pointed to strong play in the Antelope Valley win by sophomore transfer setter Danielle Stewart, who had 6 kills on dump plays, totaled 27 assists, served a match-high 4 aces and contributed 7 digs. Another top player was freshman libero Brenda Moscoso, who delivered 17 digs.
Alliyah Abdullah, a sophomore middle blocker, added 9 kills and second-year opposite Miranda Doing chipped in 7 kills, 3 blocks, and 4 set assists. Sophomore middle blocker Jessica Foley played well up front with 4 block kills (2 solo) and 3 attack kills.
PCC next plays two matches Friday, Sept. 10 at the El Camino College Quad Tournament. The Lancers face a tough Los Angeles Pierce team at 10 a.m., then face College of the Canyons at 2 p.m.
[Photo--Ella Moe goes up for an attack during PCC's 3-game sweep over Antelope Valley at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Wednesday evening, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 09/01/10