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El Camino Takes SCC Title Away From Volleyball

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The heated rivalry between the Pasadena City College and El Camino College women's volleyball teams brought out an estimated crowd of 500 fans Wednesday night. El Camino erased the Lancers' home advantage in a four-set victory as its boisterous contingent of fans swarmed the Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium floor to celebrate capturing the 2013 South Coast Conference title. ECC won by scores of 25-23, 25-15, 21-25, and 25-14.

The match featured spirited cheering from fans from both sides, especially members of ECC's baseball team and PCC's football/baseball teams, that at times took the spotlight away from the court. El Camino has won four straight SCC titles while PCC was a co-champion in 2012 and won the title outright in 2009.

The state No. 12-ranked Warriors (20-4, 13-1 to finish SCC play) played tremendous defense, often coming up with tips, block saves and other digs that kept PCC's powerful hitting attack at bay. The Lancers (14-9, 12-2) saw an end to their nine-match winning streak, one that included El Camino's lone conference defeat, also a four-set match played in Torrance on October 25.

The Lancers struggled with errors, 20 on the attack side that were more to do with hitting into El Camino's wall of blockers. The Warriors recorded 15 blocks overall and neutralized conference kills leader Nora To'omalatai, who was limited to just 11 kills in 45 attempts.

On Sophomore Night, it was PCC's freshmen middle blockers who did their best to battle the Warriors attack. Kendra Logan recorded seven blocks (three solos) and four kills while Angela Baneulos knocked down nine kills, several on overpass attempts. One sophomore who showed some spark was right side hitter Briana Hilton, who recorded five of her eight kills, in PCC's third set win.

El Camino looked like it would sweep the Lancers, leading 20-16, in the third, but PCC showed the resiliency it had during several of their matches by going on a 9-1 run to capture the set. During the run, Logan and Hilton combined for four blocks and Hilton's overpass kill capped the rally.

PCC led briefly, 7-6, in the fourth game, but El Camino outscored the Lancers, 15-4, to put the match away.

For the Warriors, Sukalana Tafao totaled 14 kills and four blocks, BJ Jiyarom had nine kills and five blocks, and Kimberly Haney made 12 kills and three blocks.

Pasadena will await the playoff seedings this weekend to see if it earns an at-large berth into the 16-team playoff field.

[Photo--Lancers Briana Hilton (10) and Kendra Logan (9) go up for a block during a third set rally, but El Camino wins the SCC title at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 11/21/13
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu