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Callen Returns, Volleyball Whips LA Harbor

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The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team welcomed the return of freshman middle blocker Megan Callen as the Lancers hammered host Los Angeles Harbor College, 25-8, 25-15, 25-21, Friday night in a South Coast Conference match.

Callen, out for a month with a knee injury, seamlessly moved back into the lineup in recording eight kills in 12 attempts.

The Lancers, ranked No. 7 in the state, improved to 17-3 overall and are tied with No. 8 Mt. San Antonio for second place in the SCC at 9-2 in conference. No. 4 El Camino leads the conference at 11-0 and will visit PCC Wednesday, Nov. 10 in a key match. First serve is 6 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. Pasadena has a 14-match home winning streak dating back to last season.

In the Harbor win, sophomore outside hitter Ella Moe, the conference leader in kills average at 3.51 per game (set), knocked down 12 kills over the first two sets. Letterman libero Jessica Vargas totaled 13 digs and frosh middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta powered nine kills and served three aces. PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva emptied her bench in the third game in order to get playing time for her reserves.

In the third set, rookie outside hitter Viridiana Gallardo spiked seven kills and made five digs alone.

Second-string, freshman setter Kailey Faust had one of her finest matches of the year with a team-high 23 assists and three kills on dump plays. At one point, Faust served during a 12-point sideout by PCC in which she served four aces. Starter Jessica Xu added 21 assists. Sophomore defensive specialist Mallorie Hopkins added six digs.

"Megan looked great after not being in game action for so long," Silva said. "We were very efficient in the first two sets. Ella, Jackie, and Megan hit the ball well. Jessica and Mallorie were strong in the back row. Our confidence is returning, something I think we lost in the Mt. San Antonio match a week ago. Megan's return is a big lift for our morale. We again have to face a great program in El Camino next week. We're going to work hard to prepare and be ready for that matchup."

PCC will play on back-to-back nights this week. After the El Camino match, PCC returns to the HP Gym floor on Thursday, Nov. 10 in a 6 p.m. battle with East Los Angeles College.

Release Date: 11/06/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu