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Women's Water Polo Wins 2 In Battle At The Beach

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The Pasadena City College women's water polo team continued its rise in performance by winning a pair of games at the Long Beach City College-hosted Battle at the Beach Tournament Oct. 21-22.

The Lancers (10-12 overall) defeated Saddleback, 9-6, and then won a comeback thriller over Sierra, 6-5, in the first two matches played at Cypress College. While PCC dropped the two playoff games in the tourney, 9-5 v. Merced, and 10-1 v. San Diego Mesa (the pair played at LBCC), the team is in good spirits according to head coach Terry Stoddard.

"The last three tournaments have helped us develop into strengths many of the concerns that were once our weaknesses," Stoddard said. "First and foremost, we've established Makenzie Blank as our go-to player on offense. Milene Minassians has performed with excellent game sense, and has stepped up to be a play caller in the field. Shelby Gregg has made a name for herself in the goal. We've also become a deeper team with a bench that can step into pre-existing, challenging game situations." 

The highlight of the tourney was PCC's win over Sierra. The Wolverines took a 5-4 lead with 2:28 left in regulation. With just 1:27 remaining, Blank scored out of the center position to tie it. PCC regained possession with 48 seconds left and called a timeout. The Lancers methodically worked it around the pool before Minassians fired in the game-winning goal into the upper corner from long range with only 18 seconds left in the contest. Sierra had one last chance to send it into overtime, but Gregg forced a turnover on an offensive foul that clinched it.

Gregg was busy by tying her season-high of 15 saves. Blank scored three goals.

In the Saddleback triumph, Minassians tallied four goals and two assists while Blank and Paloma Barrera each had two scores. Kathleen Little picked up her first collegiate goal late in the match. Gregg made 11 saves while Naoni Padilla had three steals. 

In the Merced loss, Blank hit the scoreboard three times (68 goals in 22 games) and Barrera dished out three assists. Gregg (pictured) continued her outstanding play with nine saves and seven steals. By the time, PCC faced San Diego Mesa, the team was stopped offensively by a talented Olympians' goalie and was limited to a fourth quarter goal by Blank. 

The Lancers travel to face SCC second-place Long Beach (13-6, 6-1) in their conference dual season finale Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. PCC occupies fourth place in the league at 3-3. The SCC Championship Tournament takes place Nov. 3 and Nov. 5 at Mt. San Antonio College (hosted by El Camino).


Release Date: 10/25/11
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