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Houdini Act For Women's VB: Another 5-Game Win Over Mt. SAC

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In its previous two home matches, the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team trailed 2-games-to-1 only to come back and win in five games. The state's No. 6-ranked Lancers were in far dire straits Wednesday in their South Coast Conference meeting with No. 11 Mt. San Antonio. 

PCC fell behind 2-0 in games and then encountered a 13-7 deficit early in the third game. The Lancers rallied to win games 3 and 4. But in game 5, they wasted six match points to face match point in the other direction at 15-14. Pasadena worked out of that predicament to take the fifth game and win an epic battle, 17-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 18-16, before more than 300 excited fans at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

Pasadena improved to 10-1 and 2-0 in SCC play and moved to 4-1 in matches that have gone the distance. Mt. SAC had an eight-match win streak stopped to fall to 9-2 and 1-1. 

The Lancers received a season-best performance by freshman middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta, who was 10-for-10 on kill attempts to start the match and finished with 17 kills (.600 attack percentage). The 6-foot South Hills High product led PCC in blocks with seven (two solos). 

Sophomore outside hitter Ella Moe added 17 kills and 12 digs while frosh opposite Yanise Joseph also turned in her best match of the year with 10 kills and four blocks. Sophomore libero Jessica Vargas was a defensive wizard in the fifth game as long rallies allowed her to bag 12 of her 34 digs. 

Once again PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva changed to a 6-2 offense in the latter stages of a match, taking advantage of having two quality setters. Sophomore Jessica Xu totaled 35 assists, four kills and seven digs while rookie Kailey Faust tallied 17 assists and five digs. Faust set middle blocker Megan Callen for a kill on match point. Callen had three of her nine kills in the decisive fifth set.

Faust was a big part of PCC's bench that included fine efforts from Viridiana Gallardo, who had nine digs and three kills, and Jennifer Estrada, who added six digs and served a key ace in the fifth game. 

"Drama seems to be our game this year," Silva said. "These five-gamers are not easy on coaches. They might be fun to watch, but they sure make you nervous. We just battled against one of the strongest Mt. SAC teams I've ever seen. Jackie came up with a big, big match and it couldn't have come at a better time for our team."

PCC struggled in the first two games thanks to 21 unforced errors. However, Mt. SAC's offensive attack was strong as well with the hitting of Sandra Gutierrez and Erica Chavez. 

The Lancers will go on the road to face Cerritos College in a 6:30 p.m. conference match Friday, October 7 at Gahr High School. 

[Photo--Jackie Valle-Acosta (#15) powers one of her 17 kills in PCC's epic 5-game win over Mt. San Antonio Wednesday night. Jessica Xu (8) and Jessica Vargas (7) look on, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 10/06/11
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