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Women's Volleyball Opens 2011 Season With 2 Wins

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It went from terrific to scary for the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team Friday in its season-opening Pasadena Quad Tournament. The Lancers looked like well-oiled machine in blowing out Glendale in three games, but followed that with a mistaken-ridden match that went the distance against Citrus. PCC avoided being upset by the feisty Owls, battling back from down 12-9 in the fifth set for a five-game victory. 

It was the first time that PCC had faced Citrus since Lancers head coach Tammy Silva left Citrus to become Pasadena coach in 2007. Silva, who also a conference MVP as a player at Citrus in 1996-97, said her old college put her squad through a tough match.

PCC defeated Citrus, 17-25, 25-23, 21-25 ,25-23, 16-14. Sophomore Ella Moe's 62nd attack attempt (the most by any PCC player in a match under Silva) proved to be the match-clinching kill. Jessica Xu, an All-State setter returning from two seasons ago, had two of her seven kills on dump plays during the final comeback in the fifth set. Xu finished with a team-high 31 set assists, plus 13 digs. She also served two aces earlier in the fifth game. 

"This is the best Citrus has been since I left there," she said. "We looked so good against Glendale, you almost could feel that we were going to have a let down in the next match. But we found a way to pull it out. This is the type of match you need down the road. It shows we can face a little adversity and not fold."

Citrus was led by Brenda Moscoso, a libero who ironically transferred from PCC. Moscoso finished with a match-high 25 digs.

For the Lancers against Citrus, freshman middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta pounded 16 kills, hitting .500 in 28 attacks. Viridiana Gallardo had a team-high 16 digs and Jennifer Estrada made seven of her nine digs in the important fifth game. Reserve setter Kailey Faust added 16 assists in playing just the final two games.

In the opening match v. Glendale, the Lancers rolled to a 25-10, 25-16, 25-17 victory. Freshman outside hitter Anolani Ramos-McCorriston had a brilliant collegiate debut with 14 kills in 26 attempts (.462 hitting percentage). Moe added nine kills and 11 digs and Valle-Acosta had eight kills, four solo blocks, and two aces. Sophomore libero Jessica Vargas contributed nine digs and was a force on serve receive for the Lancers. Vargas tacked on 14 digs against Citrus.

The Lancers won't be back in action again until Wednesday, Sept. 7 when they travel to face Antelope Valley College in a 5:30 p.m. non-conference match.

PASADENA d. Glendale, 25-10, 25-16, 25-17
PASADENA d. Citrus, 17-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 16-14
Mt. San Antonio d. Citrus, 27-25, 25-18, 25-20
Cypress d. Mt. San Antonio, 25-17, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20
Cypress d. Santa Barbara, 25-19, 25-22, 25-13
Glendale d. Santa Barbara, 25-15, 25-19, 22-25, 19-25, 15-6

[Photo--Anolani Ramos-McCorriston (No. 3, From Hawaii) goes up to block the ball with help from Jackie Valle-Acosta (No. 15, left) during the Lancers' 3-game win over Glendale to open the 2011 season Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 08/26/11
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