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Women's Volleyball Ready For Playoffs

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Sophomore Night for the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team saw the Lancers show a little extra energy in their play, something that had been lacking for the state's No. 5-ranked team in recent weeks. PCC closed out the South Coast Conference season by sweeping a feisty Long Beach City College team, 25-18, 25-21, 25-13, Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

The Lancers improved to 20-4 overall and settled for second place in the SCC at 12-2 behind undefeated 14-0 conference champion El Camino. LBCC, still with some hope of gaining a postseason berth, fell to 12-10 and 7-7, fourth place in the conference.

Against Long Beach, PCC performed some of its best serve receive of the season and a stronger defense that resulted in some long rallies. In nearly every long rally, it was the Lancers earning the point. Offensively, PCC welcomed the return of sophomore outside hitter Markisha Richie, who knocked down nine kills (16 attempts, .438 hitting). Richie had missed the team's last four matches due to a chest illness.

Second-year outside hitter Aliyyah Abdullah again led the team with 10 kills while transfer middle blocker Kirsten Taylor contributed eight kills, three aces, and two solo blocks. Letterman opposite Miranda Doing played one of her best matches in conference play as she hit eight kills (just 13 attempts) with six digs and three block assists.

Transfer setter Danielle Stewart added 34 assists and three kills on dump plays. On defense, freshman specialist Brenda Moscoso was solid with 13 digs while both specialist Katherine Gonzalez and libero Jessica Vargas added five digs each.

Long Beach was led by Reagan Heitzig with 11 kills.

PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva, who won her 70th match as Lancers coach and 125th in her career, thinks her team is ready for postseason.

"Long Beach threw a lot at us, and it was helpful to actually get into long rallies," Silva said. "With some of the SCC opponents we face, it's literally going through the motions. Our overall intensity was the best I've seen from us in a while. We're going to need that in the postseason. With Richie back, I think we have the firepower to advance. The team is anxious to face a stronger opponent after not playing well at all v. El Camino."

The Lancers expect to receive a host playoff seed (top eight). They will likely be the home squad for a Southern California Regionals first round match on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Game time and opponent to be announced on Monday on this website.

[Photo--PCC celebrated the achievements of its sophomores Wednesday with (from left to right) Markisha Richie, Miranda Doing, Kirsten Taylor, Aliyyah Abdullah, Jessica Foley, and Danielle Stewart taking center stage prior to the team's sweep over Long Beach, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/17/10
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