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Abdullah Named All-State For Women's Volleyball; Five Lancers Selected All-SCC
After leading the South Coast Conference in attack kills per game, Pasadena City College women's volleyball sophomore outside hitter Aliyyah Abdullah was named to the six-player, regional 2010 All-State team. Abdullah also was one of five Lancers chosen to the All-South Coast Conference Team.
It's been quite a journey for Abdullah, who originally played her freshman season on PCC Coach Tammy Silva's first Lancers team in 2007. She sat out the past two seasons before becoming eligible to perform this year. An outstanding leaper, the 5-foot-9 Abdullah has a team-best 275 kills and a conference high 3.57 kills-per-game average. She also averages 0.57 blocks and 0.42 aces.
Abdullah is from an athletic family as two of her older brothers are currently playing in the National Football League.
Abdullah made All-SCC First Team and was joined by PCC teammates Danielle Stewart and Kirsten Taylor. Stewart, a sophomore transfer who played her high school volleyball at West Covina's South Hills High, led the conference and was fifth in the state in setting assists with a 10.37 avereage. She led the team in aces (49) and averaged 2.5 digs and one kill per game. Taylor is a sophomore transfer middle blocker who played at South Pasadena High. She led the conference in hitting percentage (.433) and averaged 2.3 kills and 0.6 blocks per set.
Making the All-SCC Second Team were sophomore opposite Miranda Doing, who averaged 1.9 attack kills and led the team in blocking (0.8 kills), and transfer outside hitter Markisha Richie, who overcame an in-season, chest illness to record a 3.1 kills average. Both are two-time, all-conference selections. Doing made First Team last season while Richie earned First Team, All-Orange Empire Conference three years ago at Riverside.
"Five of our six sophomores made all-conference," Silva said. "That's pretty darn good. I'm excited to see Aliyyah get recognized at the state level. That gives us three players named all-state in the past two seasons."
[Photo--Aliyyah Abdullah shows her powerful swing in a recent match. Although the ball appears headed into the opponent's hands, it landed as a kill as the attack was too hard to handle, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/23/10