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Third-Ranked Women's Volleyball Rallies From 2-0 Down, Whip Mt. SAC In 5

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After taking the first two games against state No. 3-ranked Pasadena City College, the 20th-ranked Mt. San Antonio women's volleyball team looked primed for an upset of the Lancers at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. Instead, the Lancers responded as if the 2-0 deficit was a nothing more than a hiccup. PCC limited the Mounties to just 27 points over the last three sets in roaring to a five-game victory in the South Coast Conference opener for both teams Friday night.

PCC won in odd, but ultimately convincing fashion, 22-25, 16-25, 25-11, 25-8, 15-8. The defending SCC champion Lancers extended their conference winning streak to 22 matches dating back to the 2008 season. Pasadena has gone the distance (five games) in each of its past three matches.

Pasadena (9-2 overall) totaled 13 team block kills with sophomore opposite Miranda Doing delivering six blocks, two aces, and 12 kills in helping to lead the comeback. Sophomore middle blocker Kirsten Taylor added 10 kills and five blocks (three solos) while sophomore outside hitter Aliyyah Abdullah contributed 11 kills, seven digs and three blocks.

Frosh outside hitter Ella Moe hit .452 in leading PCC in attacks with 16 kills along with 12 digs. Sophomore setter Danielle Stewart totaled 49 assists and 11 digs while freshman libero Jessica Vargas added 14 digs. The Lancers also received a big lift from reserve defensive specialist Katherine Gonzalez, who had eight digs.

In the third game, PCC raced to a 15-5 lead capped by a Doing block. Mt. SAC never threatened as Abdullah's kill finished off a 14-point set triumph. In the fourth game, the Lancers again went on the war path, taking a 10-4 lead on a Taylor block. PCC would score the final five points of the set, including back-to-back aces by Vargas to close out a 17-point rout, sending the match to a fifth game.

In the decisive fifth game, PCC led 6-5, but would outscore the Mounties, 9-3, the rest of the way. Doing finished off the match with a hard spike kill.

"We didn't play like a team at all in the first two games," PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva said. "We made a ton of unforced errors (14 attack mistakes in the opening two games). I really put the team on notice after that second game, but to their credit, they responded extremely well. We hit well, we blocked well, we passed well, and just took over the match. Doing provided some veteran leadership and Abdullah stepped up as did Taylor. Gonzalez made some big plays for us on defense later in the match."

Mt. SAC dropped to 6-5 overall despite a match-high 24 digs by Lura Lewis and 10 kills by Rachel Anderson.

The Lancers return to action Wednesday, October 6 when they travel to face LA Trade Tech College in a 7 p.m. conference match.

[Photo--Miranda Doing and Kirsten Taylor (4) go up for the block during PCC's five-game victory over Mt. San Antonio Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/01/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
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