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Women's Volleyball Smashes LBCC in 3
The No. 7-rated Pasadena City College women's volleyball team hasn't always looked like one of the state's top-ranked teams this season. But on Wednesday night, the Lancers looked every bit the ranking in a dominating sweep over Long Beach City College, 25-8, 25-16, 25-21, in a South Coast Conference match at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The conference's second place Lancers took just 62 minutes to knocked off the fourth place Vikings. PCC's third game score was deceiving as the Lancers sent in reserves and experimented with their rotation during the set after thoroughly controlling the first two sets.
PCC (15-2 overall, 7-1 in the SCC) hit .450 as a team in the first set and .360 in game No. 2. Overall, the Lancers attacked at a .337 clip and totaled efficient numbers in block kills (eight total), digs (39), and service aces (eight) in one of the season's most complete efforts.
"We were pretty potent in that first game," said PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva. "I was real pleased with all areas of our play. We served really well, we passed and we served received at a high clip. We've had some good practices this week. We have a very big match Friday with (No. 8-ranked) Mt. San Antonio and I think we're ready for it.'
The Lancers had an early 8-0 run during the first set and capped a 17-point triumph on a solo block by Jackie Valle-Acosta. In the second set, LBCC started with its only strong rally of the evening, taking a 6-0 lead before Silva called a timeout. PCC climbed back in it and took the lead for good at 12-11. A 9-1 run overall, including three aces in one sideout by Ella Moe, put the game away at 19-12. In the third set, the Lancers traded points with reserves, but never lost the lead after going ahead 7-6.
Moe, a sophomore outside hitter, pounded the ball all night with 13 kills (.423 attack percentage) and four aces along with eight defensive digs. Freshman middle blocker Yanise Joseph added eight kills and two blocks. Freshman middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta contributed five kills and four blocks while sophomore middle blocker Stacey Diaz had three kills and four blocks.
Sophomore setter Jessica Xu set 31 assists. Sophomore libero Jessica Vargas tallied 11 digs and reserve defensive specialist Jennifer Estrada placed three aces with five digs. In the final set, Tiffany Roesler came off the bench to deliver three kills.
Long Beach was paced by Doreen Iosua with eight kills.
The Lancers have a showdown with SCC third-place Mt. SAC (14-3, 6-2) Friday, Oct. 28 in a 6 p.m. match in Walnut. The two squads played a five-set thriller in their first meeting that PCC outlasted the Mounties for the victory.
[Photo--Ella Moe is focused on the dig during PCC's sweep over visiting Long Beach Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 10/26/11