To'omalatai Tops All-SCC Selections For Volleyball, Adds All-SoCal To Mantle
Already the Pasadena City College women's volleyball program's all-time kills and aces leader, sophomore outside hitter Nora To'omalatai topped the Lancers' five 2013 All-South Coast Conference selections while also being selected to the elite, All-Southern California Region squad.
To'omalatai took home her second consecutive selection to the All-SCC First Team. Freshmen middle blockers Kendra Logan and Angela Banuelos also were picked First Team. Sophomore setter Tiffany Roesler and second-year outside hitter Thula Parks were chosen to the All-SCC Second Team.
To'omalatai needs 10 kills in the Lancers' Southern California Regional playoff match at San Diego Mesa College Tuesday, Nov. 26, to break PCC's single-season record for kills set by Mariel Arcos (387 in 2001). To'omalatai already has PCC's highest per sets average for kills in a year with her current 4.40 mark, which led the SCC this season.
From Monrovia High, the talented hitter has 632 career kills and 90 aces in her two seasons. To'omalatai also led the Lancers in digs this year with 215 (2.50 average). Logan, a product of Maranatha High, emerged as the leader in the conference in blocks with a 0.94 average per set (74 overall). Banuelos, like To'malatai from Monrovia, averaged 1.6 kills and 0.74 blocks.
Parks (South Hills High) is a two-way player with her 2.9 kills and 2.2 digs averages while Roesler (Covina HS), a player who changed positions from two years ago when she was an outside hitter, led the SCC in assists with a 9.91 average per game and was second on the team in aces with 30.
The Lancers finished in second place in the SCC at 12-2 (14-9 overall) and were seeded No. 12 for the playoffs (state ranked at No. 17).
The players are under the direction interim head coach Bill Sanchez along with top assistant coach Kari Post. Parks, Roesler and To'omalatai all played for Tammy Silva as freshmen. Silva took the season off from coaching.
To'malatai's SoCal selection placed her among just 14 players in the South who were recognized for postseason honors (seven were All-State).
[Photo--All-SCC First Team Lancers from left to right--Angela Banuelos, Kendra Logan, and Nora To'omalatai, collage created by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]