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SCC First-Place Volleyball Crushes No. 12 Mt. SAC

SCC First-Place Volleyball Crushes No. 12 Mt. SAC image

A 2012 South Coast Conference title appears more a probability rather than just a goal now for the state No. 9-ranked Pasadena City College women's volleyball team. The Lancers capped the first round of the conference schedule at a perfect 7-0 with a dominating sweep over host No. 12-ranked Mt. San Antonio, 25-11, 25-16, 25-17, Friday night.

The Lancers, now 13-3 overall, jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the opening set to quiet an estimated crowd of 300 fans at the Walnut gym. PCC never trailed and sent Mt. SAC (12-4, 5-2)  to its second straight conference loss and third place behind El Camino College (6-1).

PCC's all-around performance included 12 service aces, a .429 attack percentage with only six errors, eight team blocks, and a solid serve receive evening at just two errors. The defense and passing game was again led by libero Jennifer Estrada, who recorded 17 digs.

Middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta hit .692 with a team-high 10 kills (13 attempts, one error) and added four blocks (one solo). Middle blocker Megan Callen was equally strong on attacks with a .667 mark on eight kills plus three blocks. Opposite Yanise Joseph and outside hitter Viridiana Gallardo each contributed eight kills.

The hot serving of the Lancers was paced by freshman defensive specialist Briana Hilton and frosh outside hitter Nora To'oamalatai, who each twirled four aces. Starting setter Kailey Faust added three aces and Estrada had one. Reserve setter Lindsey Kuramoto performed well with 14 assists and helped ignite the PCC offense over the last two sets.

"Not the type of match that I expected when you consider how often Mt. SAC has played us well over the years" said PCC head coach Tammy Silva. "I think we played very well, but you can tell the Mounties were still hurting from their loss to El Camino on Wednesday. Once we established control, we just went after it and closed them out. We're in first and we've earned that standing."

On Wednesday, October 24, the Lancers will try to extend their win streak to eight matches when they visit Los Angeles Trade Tech College in a 7 p.m. match.

[Photo--Lancer sophomore Yanise Joseph fires a kill following a set by Lindsey Kuramoto (8) during PCC's sweep at Mt. San Antonio College Friday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 10/19/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu