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Lancers Snap ECC Volleyball 32-Match Conference Win Streak
The last time El Camino College lost a South Coast Conference match was one of the greatest days in Pasadena City College women's volleyball head coach Tammy Silva's coaching career. On Nov. 18, 2009, Silva coached PCC to a 16th consecutive victory to close out the school's first-ever SCC championship by sweeping El Camino on the road.
Since that match, El Camino rattled off back-to-back undefeated, 14-0 conference seasons and had opened up 2012 with four more SCC victories. On Friday night, the Warriors' 32-match conference win streak came to an end against the Lancers, 25-20, 26-24, 20-25, 25-19, before a lively crowd at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
Pasadena (11-3 overall), the state's No. 10-ranked team, remains in a tie for the conference lead at 5-0 with No. 14-rated Mt. San Antonio. Sixteenth-ranked El Camino (10-4, 4-1) dropped to third place. PCC is undefeated at home this season at 6-0.
The Lancers overcame one of their worst hitting matches (.154 and 30 attack errors) by playing solid defense, passing, and serve receive. Libero Jennifer Estrada made 19 digs while Viridiana Gallardo had 15 digs and nine kills.
"We won tonight because of our passing and defense," Silva said. "Neither team hit very well, so you have to cut down on errors in the other areas. Jen Estrada was passing at a 2.3 rating and Gallardo a little more than 2, which is fantastic. One player who did show up as a hitter was our opposite Yanise Joseph. She stepped up her game in our most important match to date."
Joseph finished with a match-high 12 kills, hitting at a .321 clip plus she added three assisted blocks. Setter Kailey Faust continued to put up solid overall numbers with 40 assists, four kills and seven digs. Middle blocker Megan Callen contributed eight kills, three aces, and five blocks (two solo), and Nora To'omalatai tacked on 10 kills. Middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta knocked down nine kills and had three assisted blocks.
ECC was led by Tarryn Luafalemana, who made last year's All-CCCAA State Final Four Tournament Team, with 11 kills and two solo blocks.
In set 2, PCC was tied 24-24, but a service error by Luafalemana was followed by an ace by Callen to clinch the second game. Overall, Pasadena served eight aces to only four by El Camino.
In the third set, ECC jumped ahead 11-7 and never lost the lead in taking the game. In the decisive fourth set, the Lancers went in front, 14-13, on a Callen kill. Pasadena made five straight points and never looked back.
The Lancers next host Cerritos College on Wednesday, Oct. 17. First serve is at 6 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson gymnasium.
[Photo--Yanise Joseph (11) and teammate Megan Callen (16) go up to block an attempt during the Lancers four-game win over El Camino, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 10/12/12