News: Volleyball Sets Up Another Showdown With Mt. SAC Friday
With a 25-17, 25-13, 25-15 sweep over Los Angeles Trade Tech Wednesday, the state No. 18-ranked Pasadena City College women's volleyball team remained tied with No. 11 El Camino College for the lead in the South Coast Conference, each at 9-1. But the Lancers' minds are fixed squarely on Friday's upcoming contest against third-place and No. 22 Mt. San Antonio, the squad that handed PCC its only loss in conference play.
"We have to find a way to be ready for Mt. SAC," said PCC interim head coach Bill Sanchez. "We have this tendency to raise our level of play against the very good teams, and lower it when we play teams not as strong. We can't afford to lose focus v. the Mounties. They have a good team and their chance at a conference title is on the line against us."
The Lancers (11-8 overall) also will have middle blocker Kendra Logan back in the lineup v. Mt. SAC after she missed the 4-set road loss to the Mounties on October 16 due to a minor concussion. Logan scored 10 kills in just 18 attempts v. Trade Tech, including half of them on overpass hits at the top of the net.
PCC kept its season-best, 6-match winning streak going despite a 25-minute delay to the start of the match. LA Trade Tech (2-10, 1-9) rolled into Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium at the original match time of 6 p.m., claiming traffic issues. The delay and Trade Tech's slower ball movement caused the Lancers to play sloppy.
Top outside hitter Nora To'omalatai made 11 kills (plus four aces) and fellow sophomore Thula Parks contributed 10 kills and a team-high eight digs. Second-year setter Tiffany Roesler contributed four kills, 20 assists and two aces while reserve setter Nancy Lopez chipped in 10 assists and six digs. Middle blocker Angela Baneulos added four kills and letterman libero Victoria Arreola, a returner from the 2011 Lancers, had seven digs.
Trade Tech's Mary Velis scored six kills and was at times the best player on the floor for either team with her strong net play.
"One thing going for us on Friday is our lineup will be our regular one as we made way too many adjustments position-wise with Logan out last time," Sanchez said. "Our feeling is we need to win out to win conference, so this is one step to that goal."
Mt. SAC (14-5 overall) won in five sets over Long Beach City College Wednesday and is 8-2 in the SCC. Match time on Friday is 6 p.m.
[Photo--Freshman defensive specialist Samantha Flores makes one of her five digs with encouragement from libero Victoria Arreola during the Lancers' sweep over LA Trade Tech Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 11/07/2013