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Errors Not A Factor In Women's Volleyball Sweep Over Cerritos
While no one expected the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team to match the hitting efficiency it accomplished in Wednesday's sweep over East Los Angeles, the Lancers made a puzzling high amount of mistakes Friday night against visiting Cerritos College.
Fortunately for the Lancers, outside hitter Markisha Richie continued to be on target while setter Danielle Stewart was a consistent, all-around force as PCC swept the Falcons, 25-21, 25-12, 25-23, in a South Coast Conference match at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The state No. 4-ranked Lancers improved to 12-3 overall and 4-1 in SCC play while Cerritos dropped to 5-7 and 1-4.
Despite 22 attack errors or more than triple the total of hitting mistakes v. ELAC, PCC finished business with Cerritos without having to go past the minimum three games. Richie fired 18 kills (.395 attack percentage) and middle blocker Kirsten Taylor added eight kills and two solo blocks. Stewart contributed 16 of her 36 assists in the first game and had 10 digs, three kills, and two aces.
It was an off night for outside hitter Aliyyah Abdullah, who still slammed down 11 kills, but made 10 attack errors in 36 attempts. Freshman libero Jessica Vargas tallied 15 digs and opposite Miranda Doing totaled six kills, four blocks, and two set assists.
For Cerritos, Amber Finley, Chanelle Puou and Jessika Suesoff each had four kills and libero April Perez converted 10 digs.
Cerritos nearly extended the match to four games, leading 20-18 in the third game on an ace by Perez. However, PCC would take the pivotal 24-23 lead on a dump kill by Stewart and a Cerritos attack error clinched the game and match for the Lancers.
"Danielle has really been playing at a superior level this week," PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva said. "Kirsten did a great job at the net and with her hitting. Markisha is starting to return to the form that made her an all-conference player a few years ago at Riverside. The down side for us is we just made it too difficult for ourselves with way too many unforced errors. We have a lot to work on in practice next week."
PCC made nine service errors and finished with 33 unforced errors on attacks, serves and ball-handling.
The Lancers begin a three-match road trip next Wednesday, October 20, when they visit Los Angeles Harbor College for a 6 p.m. conference match.
[Photo--Libero Jessica Vargas keeps her eyes on the ball for a defensive dig during the Lancers' sweep over Cerritos College Friday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 10/15/10