Women's Volleyball Records Round 1 Playoff Sweep Over SBCC
Rated No. 9 in the state and the fifth seed in the Southern California Regional playoff field, the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team swept state No. 18-ranked Santa Barbara City College, 25-20, 25-19, 25-15, Tuesday night in a round 1 match before more than 200 fans at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
PCC ran its record to 20-4, extending its home winning streak to 14 matches dating back to last year. Santa Barbara, the Western State Conference North Division champions, saw its school-record, 14-match winning streak end and season end at 16-7.
PCC advances to the second round on Saturday, Nov. 24 when it travels to face state No. 8-ranked and region No. 4 seed Orange Coast College, a three-set winner over No. 20 Citrus. The Pirates (19-2) swept Pasadena earlier this season. Match time in Costa Mesa is 6 p.m.
The Lancers used a steady diet of blocking (nine team kills) and serving (nine aces) in completely controlling the contest. In the third set, freshman outside hitter Nora To'omalatai twirled four aces in one sideout as PCC jumped out to a commanding 11-1 lead. To'omalatai also led PCC in overall kills with 13 and aces with six.
Recently named All-State, 6-foot middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta combined with 6-foot opposite Yanise Joseph in dominating the net. Valle-Acosta powered 11 kills (hit .421) and added seven blocks (two solos). Joseph was also a force with nine kills and five blocks.
PCC's defense was at its best again thanks to the play of outside hitter Viridiana Gallardo (15 digs) and SCC MVP Jennifer Estrada, who only had six digs, but made numerous point-saving plays off of Santa Barbara blocks and was nearly flawless on serve receive. Defensive specialist Cassandra Delacruz added five digs. Setter Kailey Faust made 40 assists in continuing her fine season.
For Santa Barbara, All-Region selection and opposite Jenna Anderson made 12 kills.
"We did extremely well at serving and blocking, two big parts of our game," said PCC head coach Tammy Silva. "We never let Santa Barbara get into any groove. We dictated things at the net. It was a very pleasing first round win. Now, we have to prepare for Orange Coast."
[Photo--Lancers' All-State middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta fires a kill during PCC's sweep over Santa Barbara City College Tuesday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]