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Women's Volleyball Survives In 5 v. Orange Coast

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A six-time state champion, Orange Coast College has been a consistent California Community College power in women's volleyball. While Pasadena City College has yet to win a CCCAA title in its history, the Lancers have joined the Pirates the past few years as a state highly-ranked program under head coach Tammy Silva.

The state's No. 6-ranked Lancers overcame a 2-games-to-1 deficit and kept their undefeated pre-conference season going with a 25-20, 22-25, 15-25, 25-16, 15-9 victory over the No. 8 Pirates Wednesday at PCC's Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Pasadena is 6-0 and now 51-7 since the beginning of the 2009 season. Orange Coast suffered its first loss at 4-1.

In game 1, PCC middle blocker Megan Callen dominated with four attack kills, three blocks for points, and serve three of the team's seven aces. Pasadena went on an 8-0 scoring run to grab an 11-6 lead and went on to take the 1-0 lead. OCC responded in taking advantage of suddenly poor PCC serving (five errors) and exposing the team's back row defense to tie it at 1-1. The Pirates went ahead in games, 2-1, as their top hitter Karlee Riggs powered eight of her match-high 24 kills in game 3.

At that point, Silva made a pivotal strategic move in changing her offense to a 6-2 formation, utilizing both her starting setter, '09 All-State selection Jessica Xu, and reserve setter Kailey Faust. The move allowed the Lancers' offense to throw different looks and set several different hitters in confusing OCC's defense.

Freshman outside hitter Anolani Ramos-McCorriston spiked five kills and reserve Jennifer Estrada served back-to-back aces early on as PCC tied the match at 2-2. In the deciding fifth game, PCC squandered a 3-0 lead, but would take the lead for good at 4-3 on a Pirates' attack error. Sophomore outside hitter Ella Moe stepped up with consecutive kills to stretch it to 11-7 before Callen capped the comeback victory on a sideline kill on a set from Faust. The pair were teammates last year on a CIF Southern Section title team at St. Lucy's Priory High in Glendora.

Overall, Callen was a force with a double-double on 10 attack kills and 10 blocks (five solo kills and five assisted). Ramos-McCorriston hit an outstanding .455 in leading the Lancers with 17 attack kills (33 attempts, two errors) while Moe delivered 16 kills and 11 digs. Xu added five dump kills, 38 set assists, and five digs while Faust had nine assists, a kill and two digs, playing mostly in the fourth and fifth games. Libero Jessica Vargas totaled 21 digs and Estrada had eight digs. Middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta contributed six kills and Viridiana Gallardo made some key defensive plays as a reserve with two digs.

"This is the third time we've had to go five games, but this was a very good win against an outstanding Orange Coast team," Silva said. "The match had playoff intensity and momentum turns. Our depth in middle blockers and at setter allows us to move people in and out when needed. Callen has been a big addition to our team. Both Ella and Anolani hit well for us. The 6-2 offense seemed to turn the tide in our favor."

On Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24, the Lancers will participate in the Los Angeles Pierce College Invitational Tournament. Match times and opponents will be listed at the PCC schedule/score page on this website by Thursday afternoon.

[Photo--Anolani Ramos-McCorriston (from Hawaii) goes up for an attack with Megan Callen (to her right), Kailey Faust (behind her), and Jessica Xu (8) looking on during PCC's 5-game win over Orange Coast Wednesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 09/22/11
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