News: Women's Volleyball Season Opens: Lancers 2-0 At Pasadena Tournament
Winning six of seven games, the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team came out of the 2012 starting gate strong as the Lancers went 2-0 in matches in their season-opening Pasadena Tournament Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The Lancers opened with a four-game triumph over Citrus, 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, then decisively swept Glendale, 25-12, 25-19, 25-17, to improve head coach Tammy Silva's career PCC record to 94-30 in her sixth season here.
In the Citrus victory, touted newcomer and frosh outside hitter Noralia To'omalatai (from Monrovia High) delivered 15 kills and 10 digs. While the team had a sloppy .193 attack percentage, including 25 errors, To'omalatai was outstanding with a .481 mark and only two mistakes in 27 attempts. Returning sophomore opposite Yanise Joseph, an All-South Coast Conference Second Team choice last year, added 10 kills and another All-SCC Second Team choice and sophomore middle blocker Megan Callen tallied eight kills.
While the team didn't attack well overall, the Lancers were tremendous on serves with 15 aces, including five by All-SCC First Team middle blocker Jackie Valle-Acosta and four by letterman setter Kailey Faust, who added 43 assists and four dump kills. Returning sophomore Viridiana Gallardo contributed three aces.
In sweeping Glendale, Faust was a catalyst with 21 assists, seven digs and two kills in playing just the first two sets. Valle-Acosta pounded seven kills (five in the first game) and second-year outside hitter Jennifer Estrada, who played libero late last year, knocked down seven kills with a team-high four aces. Silva's experienced squad includes a pair of transfers from two-time defending state champion Los Angeles Pierce College--starting libero Cassandra Delacruz (22 digs in two matches) and reserve setter Lindsey Kuramato, who had 13 assists in the Glendale win.
Eight of the Lancers' 13-player roster are sophomores as Silva hopes to see her squad improve from a solid State No. 12 finish last season.
"We're probably better defensively than in other seasons," Silva said. "Our offense has to get going, and it will over time. What I liked about today was in the second match, Faust adjusted her sets and it allowed us to spread our offense. Nora stood out on the hitting side, and we did a good job of getting points off our serves (25 aces in two matches). Estrada has built on her play of last year when she emerged as a solid defensive player. She played well all afternoon."
Against Glendale, PCC trailed 6-2, but went on a powerful 24-4 run that took the sails out of the Vaqueros.
PCC's roster is rounded out by incoming freshmen Thula Parks (outside hitter, South Hills High), Briana Hilton (defensive specialist, Charter Oak HS) and grayshirt Yvette Corral (opposite, Polytechnic High). Kassie Jones, a sophomore who played briefly last season, is also back as an outside hitter.
"We came away with two wins and bottom line that's what matters," Silva said. "What direction we take is up to the corps group. We have a wealth of experience and that usually translates into having a successful squad. So far, I like what I've seen."
Santa Barbara City College and Mt. San Antonio each recorded two wins in the tournament while Cypress, Citrus and Glendale all suffered a pair of defeats.
On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the Lancers next host Antelope Valley College in a 5 p.m. non-conference match at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. Silva is one victory away from milestone 150 in her 10-year collegiate coaching career.
[Photo--Jackie Valle-Acosta gets up high for an attempt with Kailey Faust looking on during PCC's win over Citrus Friday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 09/01/2012