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Abdullah, Richie, Taylor Power Women's VB To Sweep Over ELAC

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Ranked No. 4 in this week's state top 25 poll, the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team was still trying to shake off the effects of being swept at its own gym by now No. 3 El Camino College October 8.

The Lancers went back to what they do best Wednesday against visiting East Los Angeles College--power hitting. PCC put on an efficient display of hard hitting in producing a .494 attack percentage as a team, and pounding the Huskies, 25-9, 25-13, 25-13, in a South Coast Conference match.

PCC improved to 11-3 overall and 3-1 in conference. ELAC dropped to 7-3 and 2-2.

After outside hitter Markisha Richie rifled eight kills in the first game, teammate and outside hitter Aliyyah Abdullah was more remarkable in the second game. Abdullah knocked down 10 kills or 40 percent of PCC's points in the set. The 10 kills is easily the most in a single game this year by a Lancer.

Overall, Abdullah finished with 16 kills in 26 attempts for a .538 attack percentage while Richie hit a ridiculously good .737 on 15 kills in just 19 attempts with one error. Middle blocker Kirsten Taylor also pounded the ball, striking nine kills in 16 attempts (.500) and making three blocks. Setter Danielle Stewart had a field day picking out who to set the ball to as she compiled 43 assists along with nine digs. 

PCC totaled nine service aces, four by libero Jessica Vargas, who added a match-high 11 digs. Sophomore opposite Miranda Doing had a sound all-around match with five kills, three blocks, three set assists, and an ace. 

"We were calm and workmanlike," said PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva. "You don't hit any better than the way both Aliyyah and Markisha spiked the ball tonight. ELAC had no way to defend them. We needed to make a statement as a team that we belong among the top teams in the state. I'm happy we responded by playing a great match after really throwing in the towel against El Camino last week."

This Friday, October 15, the Lancers host Cerritos College in a 6 p.m. conference match at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

[Photo--Aliyyah Abdullah, a sophomore hitter originally from San Francisco, shows her leaping ability here in firing one of her 16 kills Wednesday in PCC's sweep over East LA at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

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