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Tough Times For Women's Volleyball

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The week started with the awful news that the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team had to forfeit their opening two wins at the Rio Hondo Quad Tournament Sept. 6 due to a CCCAA by-law violation. The week ended with two legitimate defeats v. state No. 14 Cypress in four games and a sweep at the hands of No. 7-rated Santa Barbara City at the 7th El Camino College Classic in Torrance played Friday.

The Lancers (0-4) will try to get back on track Wednesday, Sept. 18 when they play their Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium home opener v. Cypress. Match time is 5 p.m.

At El Camino, PCC played well v. the Chargers in winning the opening game, but Cypress would prevail, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22. Lancer sophomore outside hitter Nora To'omalatai slamed 19 kills and added 15 digs while sophomore OH Thula Parks also recorded a double-double on 15 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore setter Tiffany Roesler contributed 41 assists.

PCC finished the tourney by playing another strong first set, but then showing fatigue in SBCC's 28-26, 25-16, 25-14 victory. Freshman libero Saige Spence made 10 digs and freshman middle blocker Angela Baneulos added four kills, three assisted blocks and two aces.

Lancers assistant coach Kari Post said, "Against Cypress, Nora and Thula played amazing defense that helped keep us in the match. Tiffany improved on her setting, moving the ball through the offense instead of just focusing on one player. We spent all our energy in that match and got tired by the time we faced Santa Barbara."

PCC interim head coach Bill Sanchez said the team has work to do to get better.

"We went up against some of the state's best and we had our moments," he said. "Tournament settings test your stamina. We lost our legs a bit v. Santa Barbara, but we battled them in that first game. We let that Cypress match get away from us, but now we'll face that team again at home. The goal now is to improve in all facets of the game."

To'omalatai is in the top 10 in the state in kills average per set at 4.19 and tops the Lancers in digs at 2.50 per game (not matches).

PCC's forfeits v. Victor Valley and Rio Hondo were a direct result of the Form 3 eligibility form not being in place in its required spot on CCCAA's website. The mistake has a penalty of forfeiture of all matches played up until the Form 3 is approved online by the conference commissioner. The team's roster of student-athletes were eligible in units and grade point average. The form is now online.

The CCCAA is the governing body for California Community College athletics.

[Photo--Thula Parks (5) has been an early leader for PCC and is seen here during the Rio Hondo Quad Tournament.]

Release Date: 09/14/13
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu