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PCC Volleyball Coach Silva Records Career Win No. 150 In AVC Sweep
After being ranked No. 8 in the opening CCCWVCA State Top 25 Poll, the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team rewarded head coach Tammy Silva with an efficient sweep over unranked Antelope Valley, 25-9, 25-10, 25-16, Wednesday evening in a match that took just an hour to finish. It was milestone career victory No. 150 in Silva's 10-year collegiate coaching career, 95 of those wins in just the start of her sixth year at PCC.
The Lancers are 3-0 and AVC, the defending Foothill Conference champions, lost its season opener.
"Antelope Valley had just as many sophomores on its roster as ours, so I was expecting a tougher match," Silva said. "Instead, we passed and played defense extremely well. Our serve receive was outstanding, especially our libero Cassandra Delacruz. Of course, it was nice to see us hit well for a change."
Silva was referring to the team's opening two wins at the Pasadena Tournament last week when the team hit a timid .223 overall. Against AVC, the Lancers spread the wealth and attacked at an impressive .452 with 42 kills and just nine attack errors in 73 attempts.
Jennifer Estrada scored all six of her kills in the opening game. Other impressive performances were turned in by setters Kailey Faust (25 assists, two kills, one ace) and Lindsey Kuramoto (12 assists, eight in the final set). Delacruz, a redshirt last year after playing on a state champion team at LA Pierce in 2010, was at a 2.6 passing rating, according to Silva, and added a team-best 10 digs.
Viridiana Gallardo came off the bench and scored eight kills in 11 attempts while middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta was nearly perfect on eight kills in only nine attempts to go wtih two aces and two solo blocks. Frosh outside hitter Noralia To'omalatai (pronounced Tow-oh-mull-ah-tie) added seven kills and nine digs. Nine different Lancers totaled two or more kills. Middle blocker Megan Callen rounded out the stat leaders with five kills and a team-high three aces.
PCC never trailed in any of the three games. Leading 6-4 early in the first set, the Lancers would go on to score 39 of the next 48 points.
On Friday, Sept. 7, the Lancers will be tested by No. 19 ranked Santa Barbara City and No. 21 Cypress as they play in the El Camino College Quad Tournament.
[Photo--Jennifer Estrada, a returning sophomore, slams a kill during PCC's sweep over Antelope Valley at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Wednesday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 09/06/12