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Shaky Start, But No. 6 Volleyball Downs LBCC In SCC Opener

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Ranked No. 6 in the State Top 25 Poll, the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team came out flat to begin its South Coast Conference opener at unranked Long Beach City College Friday. PCC dropped the first game, losing by nine points, but recovered with three consecutive dominating games in defeating the pesky Vikings, 16-25, 25-17, 25-9, 25-13.

The Lancers (9-1) were led by outside hitter Ella Moe with 18 kills (.368 attack percentage) and frosh middle hitter Jackie Valle-Acosta, who recorded seven blocks (one solo) and added three attack kills. Defensively, libero Jessica Vargas had 17 digs while freshman Jennifer Estrada (Arcadia High, pictured) delivered 13 digs. Reserve setter Kailey Faust added nine assists, three kills and an ace.

Returning from a leg injury that kept her out of the LA Pierce Tournament, freshman opposite Yanise Joseph contributed three kills and six block assists.

"We were flat out awful in the first game," said PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva. "We hit in negative numbers (-.037). Then you see how we played in the last two games where we hit very efficiently, and that's the type of performance we're capable of executing. Our No. 1 problem right now is focusing. When we lose focus, we lose our edge, and it gets ugly. I have high expectations for us, and this match was typical of our hitting inconsistency. We have to play better."

The team recorded just 14 kills in the first two games, then 26 over the last two when the Lancers hit .417 in game 3 and .355 in game 4.

PCC will be tested in its next match when it hosts No. 11-ranked Mt. San Antonio College in a 6 p.m. conference contest Wednesday, October 5.

Release Date: 10/02/11
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