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Barrera Sets Single-Game Assist Record; WP 2-2 At Cabrillo Tournament

Barrera Sets Single-Game Assist Record; WP 2-2 At Cabrillo Tournament image

Paloma Barrera tied the Pasadena City College women's water polo record for assists in a game with six plus she added two goals in the Lancers' 12-8 win over host Cabrillo at the Cabrillo Tournament completed on Saturday. 

PCC (2-4 overall) finished fourth at the tourney, losing to Ohlone, 10-7, in its fourth and final match at Cabrillo, located in Aptos. 

In the Cabrillo triumph, Barrera's helpers tied the school record set just last year by Nicole Young against El Camino. 

"Paloma has an excellent offensive sense out there," said PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard. "She can really read the defensive situation. She created numerous opportunities, making smart passes to open shooters once the defense crashed on her."

Makenzie Blank scored five goals while Giselle Mendieta added three on just three attempts. Milene Minassians tallied two goals. Naoni Padilla made two assists and three steals. Shelby Gregg relieved Padilla (two saves) in the second half and stopped five shots and created three steals. 

PCC nearly made 50 percent of its scoring opportunites, taking 25 shots overall.

In the Ohlone loss, Blank scored three goals and Minassians had two goals. Barrera (pictured, from Burbank's Burroughs High) and Catherine Velasco also netted goals while Mendieta added two assists. Playing in the whole game in goal, Gregg made 10 saves and contributed three steals. Padilla chipped in a team-high four steals. 

After six matches, Blank leads the Lancers in goals with 20. Gregg tops the squad in saves (42) and in steals (23). Barrera paces PCC in total assists with 11.

The Lancers look for their first South Coast Conference win they host El Camino College Wednesday, Sept. 28 in a 3 p.m. match at the Aquatic Center.

Release Date: 09/26/11
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