News: Volleyball Survives Ugly 5-Set Win Over Cerritos
The term winning ugly was never more appropriate than describing how the state No. 25-ranked Pasadena City College women's volleyball team defeated unranked Cerritos in five games Wednesday. The Lancers and Falcons combined for 81 errors for points as part of a match that saw PCC win by scores of 25-16, 17-25, 25-23, 16-25, 15-12, at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
In overall points tallied, Cerritos outscored favored PCC, 101-98, but in the end the Lancers found their hitting attack in the all-important fifth set after a non-existent offense in the opening four games.
In the final set, the Lancers fell behind, 4-3, but put together a 6-2 run including kills by Nora To'omalatai, Thula Parks and Angela Banuelos to take a 10-6 advantage. Cerritos rallied, as it had done all match, with back-to-back aces by Nicole Spigner to cut it to 12-10. To'omalatai, who struggled until the fifth game, responded with three kills to close out the 15-12 extra set win and match. The sophomore finished with 14 kills, six in the fifth game, and a team-high 14 digs.
PCC improved to 5-1 in South Coast Conference play (7-8 overall). Cerritos, led by 16 kills and 13 digs by Jasmynne Roberts, dropped to 5-9 and 2-4 in SCC play. The all-freshmen Falcons lineup was scrappy and resilient throughout the match and caused problems for PCC's more veteran lineup (four starting sophomores).
Parks led the Lancers with 15 kills (and 13 digs), but the team was steadied often by the play of frosh middle blockers Kendra Logan, back from missing two matches with a minor concussion, and Banuelos. Logan recorded eight kills and five blocks (one solo) and Banuelos had a strong overall match with eight kills, six block assists and two aces. The Lancers went with a new libero in freshman Victoria Arreola (San Marino High), who totaled a modest nine digs but showed hustle on defense.
PCC setter Tiffany Roesler totaled 40 assists and 11 digs while right side hitter Briana Hilton added six kills, five block assists and five digs.
The Lancers will play easily their most important match of the season on Friday, October 25 when they travel to take on first-place El Camino College (13-3, 6-0 in conference) in a 6 p.m. first serve.
"I don't know if we were already thinking ahead about the El Camino match or that we just had an off night," said PCC interim head coach Bill Sanchez. "We were lucky to get back Kendra for this match and she's going to be a big factor for us in the middle. We're happy to get out with a win because Cerritos went after it. Our chances in conference really are going to ride on our four sophomores. They have to play better."
It was the fifth time that PCC played to five sets, winning three of the them.
[Photo--Lancer Victoria Arreola makes a defensive play during her team's 5-set win over Cerritos Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 10/24/2013