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El Camino Snaps Women's Volleyball 23-Match Conference Win Streak, 3-0

El Camino Snaps Women's Volleyball 23-Match Conference Win Streak, 3-0 image

After winning back-to-back state titles in 2007 and 2008, the perennially strong El Camino College women's volleyball team took a back seat to Pasadena City College last year when the Lancers went undefeated to win the South Coast Conference title. 

PCC's recent SCC run has been so dominating that its streak had reached 23 consecutive matches won in conference play going back to 2008. El Camino looked for an opportunity to return the volley back at Pasadena Friday night. The Lancers would make 26 unforced errors on attacks, serves and ball-handling as the state's No. 3-ranked team was swept by the No. 5 Warriors, 25-19, 26-24, 25-10, at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. 

Pasadena had not been swept in a match since opening day of last season when Cypress beat the Lancers in three games. That particular non-sweep streak lasted 35 matches. 

Led by Kaitlyn Edwards' 13 kills and setter Sarah McFadden's 38 assists, El Camino improved to 12-2 and now lead the SCC at 3-0. PCC drops to second place at 2-1 in conference and 10-3 overall.

PCC's offense slipped against El Camino, hitting an uncharacteristic .079 with 21 attack errors and just 30 kills in 114 attempts. Outside hitter Markisha Richie was the only Lancer in double digits in kills with 11. Setter Danielle Stewart added 24 assists, 10 digs and three kills while libero Jessica Vargas had 11 digs. Defensive specialists Katherine Gonzalez and Brenda Moscoso added eight digs a piece.

For El Camino, Ashleigh Gideon had a double-double with 12 kills and a match-high 16 digs while Kaye Lani Tanuvasa contributed 10 kills. 

PCC would take a 7-1 lead early in the second game, but eventually fell behind, 17-14. The Warriors would take that decisive set on a clinching ace from Donella DiDomenico. Edwards would then put on a hitting show in game 3 as she slammed down seven kills to help finish off the sweep.

PCC will try to regroup next Wednesday, October 13 when it hosts East Los Angeles College in a 6 p.m. conference match.

[Photo--Markisha Richie goes up for the attack during PCC's three-game loss to El Camino Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

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