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Volleyball Tested, But Passes Mt. SAC In 4 Games

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Host and state No. 15-ranked Mt. San Antonio College has often been a thorn in the side of the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team. The Mounties have stretched PCC to five games in matches in each of the past four seasons. While the No. 4-rated Lancers are 6-2 against Mt. SAC overall in that span, the South Coast Conference opponent from Walnut has always given them a battle.

Wednesday night's four-game win by PCC, 25-23, 22-25, 25-13, 26-24, was another example of how Mt. SAC has tested the Lancers. Pasadena nearly was sent to another five-gamer, blowing a nine-point advantage to fall behind 23-20 in the fourth game. However, the Lancers went on a 6-1 run close out the match in four sets.

In the teams' first meeting on Oct. 1, PCC had to rally from a 2-0 games deficit to win in five games.

The Lancers won their fifth straight match and improved to 15-3 overall, 7-1 in SCC play. Mt. SAC fell to 11-7 and 5-3 in conference. El Camino, a three-game winner over Long Beach City College, maintained its one game lead over PCC in the conference standings at a perfect 8-0 in league play.

Pasadena made 23 unforced errors v. the Mounties, and changed its positioning in the middle of the match to finally get an upper hand on the hosts.

"We did our best by going through our middles," said PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva. "We moved Aliyyah Abdullah from outside to middle going into third game, and the combination of her with Kristen Taylor and Miranda Doing made a difference. Mt. SAC is a scrappy team, and we nearly had to go five again with them."

Abdullah finished with a match-high 16 kills along with five assisted blocks. Doing added 10 kills and three blocks while Taylor had nine kills and two blocks. Doing, who had played opposite for much of this season, also was moved recently back to the middle blocker spot, a position she played exclusively as a freshman.

Setter Danielle Stewart compiled 42 assists, seven digs and added to her team lead in service aces with three (35 overall). Outside hitter Markisha Richie added 10 kills and libero Jessica Vargas made 10 digs.

PCC hosts LA Trade Tech College Friday, Oct. 29 in a 6 p.m. conference match at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The Lancers have become a regional power since the beginning of the 2009 season, posting a 38-5 record since the start of last year.

[Photo--Kirsten Taylor, a sophomore transfer middle blocker, finishes off an attack during PCC's four-game victory at Mt. San Antonio College Wednesday evening, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/27/10
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