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Water Polo's Gregg Records Rare Feat In Citrus Win
As the Lancers primary goalie, Shelby Gregg is known for her versatility in the pool, and not just for her defensive prowess. Gregg displayed her skills in full form Saturday. She made 12 saves over the first three quarters, totaled six steals and even led the team on the scoreboard with three goals in a 7-6, Pasadena City College women's water polo team victory over Citrus to close out the 11th Pasadena Bowl Tournament.
Gregg's performance of recording at least threes in three categories (scoring, saves, steals) is certainly one that is unique in the sport as is the hattrick for goals to go with double digits in saves.
Gregg gave PCC a 3-2 halftime lead when her shot from beyond the center-half of the pool went in for a buzzer-beater goal. With PCC leading 4-2 after three quarters, Gregg was moved to center-forward with Naoni Padilla inserted into the goalie spot. Gregg powered in the Lancers' final two goals as PCC held control despite a last-second goal by Citrus to make it close.
While Gregg did her part, so did the team's leading go-to goal scorer Makenzie Blank, who contributed in different ways against Citrus. Blank scored one goal, but set up her four others on assists and was a stalwart on defense with five steals.
The Citrus match was the team highlight at the PCC-hosted tourney as the Lancers dropped games against Cuesta, 13-8, Diablo Valley, 18-5, and state No. 4-ranked Orange Coast, 16-3.
"This was great conditioning for us going into the next four weeks of play," said PCC Head Coach Terry Stoddard. "We have a steady improvement that showed in the first quarter of the OCC match and the last three quarters against Cuesta. A coach is a teacher first, and this team is learning every week, so I am happy with our progress and path. We just need to put a whole game together, which will happen soon."
In the Cuesta game, the Lancers trailed 7-2 after the first quarter, but played to a 6-6 draw in goals over the final three periods. Blank scored five goals. Overall, Blank tops the team with 43 goals in 12 matches. Gregg has 81 saves and 43 steals to lead the squad in both categories while Paloma Barrera is the Lancers' assist leader with 16 helpers.
PCC (4-8 overall, 1-3 in conference) visits LA Trade Tech for a South Coast Conference match on Wednesday, October 12 at 3 p.m. The Lancers will then participate in the Citrus College Tournament October 14-15. PCC opens with Santa Monica (8 a.m., Friday), then LA Valley (1 p.m.). On Saturday, Pasadena battles El Camino (9:15 a.m.) and host Citrus (1 p.m.).
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[Photo--Shelby Gregg (right) defends the PCC goal with help from Naoni Padilla (left) against an opponent shooter during the 11th Pasadena Bowl Tournament this past weekend at the Aquatic Center, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 10/10/11