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Women's Volleyball 14-Match Home Win Streak Halted By El Camino

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The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team entered Wednesday's showdown against state No. 4-ranked El Camino College with its confidence high and with 6-foot-1, middle blocker Megan Callen back in the lineup.

Callen missed the last meeting between the teams when the No. 8-ranked Lancers were swept at El Camino last month. But little did PCC know that El Camino's secret weapon was also absent that match, and had been out most of this season due to a vision problem--6-foot, outside hitter Tarryn Luafalemana.

While Callen did her part with eight kills and five blocks (two solos) to help PCC, Luafalemana put on a hitting clinic in crushing her season-high of 19 kills as El Camino downed the host Lancers, 25-16, 17-25, 25-18, 25-17, before a crowd of 200 fans at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.

The win clinched at least a tie for the South Coast Conference title for El Camino, now 18-2 and a perfect 12-0 in the SCC. The Warriors extended their conference win streak to 26 matches dating back to the last match of the 2009 SCC season when PCC capped its undefeated conference championship that year. 

Pasadena dropped to 17-4 and 9-3, falling to third place in the SCC behind No. 7-rated Mt. San Antonio (10-2). PCC's 14-match home winning streak also came to an end. El Camino is the only opponent to win at the HP Gym this year and last season. 

For the Lancers, Ella Moe scored 12 kills and made 12 digs while setter Jessica Xu had 36 assists and 12 digs. Anolani Ramos-McCorriston added 10 kills and libero Jessica Vargas had 16 digs. Jackie Valle-Acosta contributed eight kills. 

"We're an inconsistent team," said PCC Head Coach Tammy Silva. "El Camino executed its game plan well even though we slowed down their top big hitters. We're not getting enough kills offensively from our outside hitters and we're not getting leadership from our sophomores."

PCC hosts East Los Angeles College Thursday, Nov. 10 in a 6 p.m. match at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. 

[Photo--PCC's Jessica Xu (right) battles at the net against an El Camino player during the Lancers' four-set home loss to the Warriors Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/09/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu