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Grossmont Halts Women's Volleyball Playoff Run, 3-1
(El Cajon) -- Twenty-five attack errors were too much to overcome for the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team Saturday night. The sixth-seeded Lancers fizzled offensively and couldn't defend against Grossmont College's middle blockers as their 2011 season came to an end with a 25-18, 14-25, 25-22, 25-19 loss at the No. 3-seeded Griffins in the second round of the Southern California Regional Playoffs.
Pasadena, the state's regular season No. 8-ranked team, closed out the year with a 20-5 overall record. The Lancers have reached at least the second round of regionals in each of the last three seasons (made the third round last year).
Against Grossmont, PCC hit .000 in both the first and fourth sets (seven kills, seven errors in each of those sets). Only in game 2 did Pasadena resemble the team that vied as a state title contender. The Lancers hit .357 in the set, including five kills by freshman outside hitter Anolani Ramos-McCorriston. PCC ran off a 7-0 run at one point to take a commanding 18-6 lead.
Grossmont (22-2) thrived behind the middle play of Courtney Bolton (10 kills, 17 atttempts, .529 efficiency) and Lindsey Spinning (10 kills, 16 attacks, .438, three blocks and two aces). All-State outside hitter Denise DeVine led the Griffins with 18 kills and three aces.
PCC All-SoCal outside hitter Ella Moe led her team in kills with 12 and All-South Coast Conference First Team sophomore setter Jessica Xu made 23 assists and had four blocks as the pair played their final match as Lancers.
Jennifer Estrada totaled 14 digs while Ramos-McCorriston spiked 10 kills. Yanise Joseph added eight kills and Jackie Valle-Acosta had five kills and five blocks.
[Photo--Anolani Ramos-McCorriston fires a kill during PCC's four-game loss at Grossmont College Saturday night, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 11/27/11