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Fourth-Seeded Volleyball Advances With 4-Game Win Over Moorpark

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Although not crisp at times during the first two games, the fourth-seeded Pasadena City College women's volleyball team controlled the last two games of a 25-22, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16 triumph over No. 13 seed Moorpark in Round 1 of the Southern California Regional Playoffs Tuesday night. The match was played before a large, energized crowd at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

The Lancers (21-4) had to rally to take game 1 as Markisha Richie pounded five kills in a 7-0 run that capped the set after Moorpark led 22-18. In game 2, it was the Raiders (14-9) turn for a comeback as PCC blew a 16-7 lead and Karissa Flack's kill capped Moorpark's lone game win.

In game 3, PCC jumped ahead 17-5 on a solo block by Kirsten Taylor. Although Moorpark went on a 10-2 run that cut it to 21-16, the Lancers would have no problems capping the set win on a Jessica Vargas ace.

In game 4, PCC would again mount a large lead, going ahead 13-6 after two straight kills by Richie. Moorpark cut it to 16-14, but PCC went on a 9-2 run to close out the match. One of the Raiders' 10 service errors was match point.

Pasadena now hosts No. 5-seed Santa Barbara City College (21-5), a three-game winner over College of the Canyons, in Round 2 of the regional playoffs Saturday, Nov. 27. Match time is 7 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The Lancers have already beaten the Vaqueros twice this season, winning in four games at the season-opening PCC Quad Tournament and going five games to beat them at the LA Pierce Tournament. Both matches were played back in September.

Pasadena was keyed by the play of their three sophomore transfers, Richie at outside hitter, middle blocker Kirsten Taylor, and setter Danielle Stewart. Richie tallied 15 kills to lead the offense. Taylor was exceptional with 13 kills in an efficient 18 attempts (one error, .667 percentage) while serving three aces and making four blocks (two solos). Stewart was a stalwart on offense (six kills, 39 assists) and on defense with 15 digs, many times diving to keep the ball in play.

All-State outside hitter Aliyyah Abdullah recorded 10 kills, but had an off night with six attack errors. Vargas, the team's frosh libero, totaled a team-high 19 digs. PCC received strong play from reserves Brenda Moscoso (six digs, three aces) and Mallorie Hopkins, who gave the team a lift with seven digs.

"We did our usual thing which is to start slowly, make mistakes early, then start to control our opponent in the latter half of the match," PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva said. "Our team is dictated by our offense and we hit the ball well. We had three players in double figures and that means we spread the ball well. Hopkins couldn't have picked a better time to play her best match of the year on defense."

Moorpark was led by All-SoCal Region middle blocker Karissa Flack, who slammed down a match-high 20 kills. Libero Erika Smith added 13 digs and Morgan Vreeland served four aces. 

[Photo--Markisha Richie fires one of her kills past three Moorpark players in the Lancers' four-game win over Moorpark during the first round of the regional playoffs Tuesday night, image by Richard Quinton.}

Release Date: 11/23/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu