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Fifth-Rated Women's Volleyball Rocks No. 1, Defending State Champ Orange Coast In 3
The state's No. 5-ranked Pasadena City College women's volleyball team established itself as a serious contender for this year's CCCAA title Friday night. The Lancers rallied in all three games to hand No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Orange Coast College its first loss of the young season, 25-17, 27-25, 25-22, at Costa Mesa.
The Lancers improved to 6-1, while OCC dropped to 3-1. PCC used its strength of creating offense all over the court to frustrate the Pirates. The sweep exacted some revenge for a four-game loss by PCC to Orange Coast two seasons ago, in the first round of the 2008 playoffs.
Frosh outside hitter Ella Moe led the Lancers with 11 kills, transfer OH Markisha Richie added 10 kills, sophomore Danielle Stewart contributed seven from the setter position, and transfer middle blocker Kirsten Taylor delivered seven attack points.
Stewart tallied 33 set assists and a season-high five aces to go with nine digs, and middle blocker Miranda Doing added five blocks. Pasadena hit .369 in the match.
"Danielle was aggressive, set an amazing match, and was an offensive threat for us with her dump plays and her serving," said PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva. "Jessica Vargas played libero for us after a hard week of practice, earning the start v. OCC. Markisha and Ella were great with Ella playing well all the way around."
Vargas, a freshman from California High in Whittier, contributed 17 digs.
Pasadena next plays at the LA Pierce College Tournament Sept. 24-25 in Woodland Hills.
[Photo--Ella Moe powers an attack over the net with teammates Danielle Stewart (15) and Kirsten Taylor (4) looking on during PCC's three-game sweep at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa Friday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 09/18/10