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Four Straight Sweeps For Women's Volleyball
When the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team lost in three games on Oct. 8 against El Camino College, a message was sent loud and clear by head coach Tammy Silva to her Lancers--losing sets let alone matches were no longer acceptable.
The defending South Coast Conference champions responded since that loss by winning 12 consecutive games in producing four straight conference sweeps. On Friday, the Lancers again went the three-game minimum in downing host Long Beach City College, 25-22, 25-20, 25-7.
PCC has won 27 of its last 28 matches in conference contests. Ranked No. 4 in the state poll, Pasadena is still one win back of first place and No. 3 El Camino. The Lancers are 14-3 overall and 6-1 in SCC matches. Eleven of the team's victories have come via sweeps.
Sophomore outside hitter Aliyyah Abdullah again paced the offense with 14 kills plus six digs and five blocks. Transfer outside hitter Markisha Richie followed with 12 kills. Freshman Ella Moe, who had missed the past three matches due to a leg injury, returned to the lineup and at a new position at opposite. Moe hit seven kills and added two blocks.
Sophomore middle blocker Kirsten Taylor added seven kills and two blocks. Letterman Miranda Doing, who moved back to her middle blocker spot of last season, contributed three kills, five blocks and five digs. Transfer setter Danielle Stewart was steady with 37 assists, seven digs and two service aces to increase her team-lead to 32 aces this season.
Freshman defensive specialist/hitter Brenda Moscoso compiled three kills and 11 digs. Frosh libero Jessica Vargas chipped in 16 digs and freshman defensive specialist Mallorie Hopkins served a team-high three aces.
For Long Beach (8-7, 3-4 in SCC play), libero Megann Capic had 11 digs.
Pasadena begins the second round of conference play Wednesday, Oct. 27 when the team travels to face No. 18-ranked Mt. San Antonio College. Match time is 5 p.m. at the Walnut campus.
[Photo--Brenda Moscoso in action during a recent match.]
Release Date: 10/22/10