The underdog, No. 12-seeded Pasadena City College women's volleyball team left its season on the floor at No. 4 Santa Barbara City College Saturday night. The Lancers did everything they possibly could but complete a second straight upset as the Vaqueros won the marathon Southern California Regional Round 2 playoff match, 19-25, 25-19, 25-19, 27-29, 15-13.
The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team figured out how to channel its frustration from losing the South Coast Conference title last week. On Tuesday night, the Lancers, seeded No. 12, traveled to San Diego Mesa to take on the state's No. 5-ranked and region No. 5 seeded Olympians. The bus ride and its formidable playoff opponent did little to faze a PCC team that badly wanted to rebound.
The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team has earned the No. 12 seed in the Southern California Regional Playoffs as it will play at No. 5 San Diego Mesa on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The first round match is scheduled for first serve at 5 p.m. (Note new start time, 11/25).
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.
The heated rivalry between the Pasadena City College and El Camino College women's volleyball teams brought out an estimated crowd of 500 fans Wednesday night. El Camino erased the Lancers' home advantage in a four-set victory as its boisterous contingent of fans swarmed the Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium floor to celebrate capturing the 2013 South Coast Conference title. ECC won by scores of 25-23, 25-15, 21-25, and 25-14.
The schedule maker for the South Coast Conference couldn't have done a better job than to slate the women's volleyball conference finale match between state No. 14-ranked Pasadena City College and No. 12 El Camino. The two teams carry 12-1 first-place league records into their showdown for the SCC title on Wednesday, Nov. 20. First serve is 6 p.m. at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The state No. 14-ranked Pasadena City College women's volleyball team set up next week's showdown for the South Coast Conference championship v. El Camino by sweeping East Los Angeles College, 25-11, 25-9, 25-18 Wednesday night at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The driver's seat to a conference title belongs to the state No. 18-ranked Pasadena City College women's volleyball team after it swept No. 22 Mt. San Antonio, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21, Friday night in a crucial South Coast Conference victory at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
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.
For the sixth time this season, the state No. 20-ranked Pasadena City College women's volleyball team was stretched to five sets Friday. The Lancers took a 2-0 lead v. host Long Beach City College, held tough after the Vikings tied it, and won the decisive fifth set in a 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 19-25, 15-12 victory.
At first glance, the Pasadena City College women’s volleyball team appeared to have an easy time in sweeping Los Angeles Harbor College, 25-10, 25-13, 25-6, Wednesday evening at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. But the scores were a little deceiving as the defensive-minded Seahawks found ways to cause trouble for the Lancers.
Everything pointed against the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team going into its match Friday v. state No. 9-ranked El Camino. The only below-.500 team on the top 25 ratings at No. 25, the Lancers entered the Warriors gymnasium as a clear underdog v. an El Camino team on an 8-match winning streak and atop the South Coast Conference.
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.
Still reeling a bit from its upset defeat v. Mt. San Antonio on October 16, the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team rebounded with a sweep over host East Los Angeles Friday night. The Lancers had to go extra points in the first two sets as they fought off the Huskies, 26-24, 26-24, 25-18.
The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team realized despite this week's rise to No. 16 in the state rankings that its performance relied on keeping a short rotation healthy. So when it was learned that top middle blocker Kendra Logan would have to sit out Wednesday's match at Mt. San Antonio for precautionary reasons due to a minor concussion, it was clear the Lancers were in a vulnerable state.
Using a season-high 12 block kills, the state No. 21-ranked Pasadena City College women's volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the South Coast Conference with a sweep over Long Beach City College, 25-20, 25-16, 25-11, Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team opened defense of its co-South Coast Conference title of a year ago by sweeping host Los Angeles Harbor College, 25-8, 25-16, 25-19, Friday night. Rated No. 25 in the most recent state rankings, the Lancers improved to 3-7 overall.
One way to describe the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team thus far this season is unpredictable. Case in point is the Lancers' performance at the 4th Los Angeles Pierce College Invitational held Sept. 27-28.
The Pasadena City College women's volleyball team proved a few things this week going up against two of the top-ranked teams from the state's monster league--the Orange Empire Conference. First, the Lancers cannot be counted out of any match even they do fall behind 2 games-to-0. Second, PCC served notice it is a legitimate contender to repeat its South Coast Conference title run of 2012.
Thula Parks and Nora To'omalatai were members of last year's Pasadena City College women's volleyball team, a squad that shared the South Coast Conference title and reached the third round of the South Region playoffs. So like successful returning sophomores often do, they seized the moment when their team faced its toughest challenge.
The week started with the awful news that the Pasadena City College women's volleyball team had to forfeit their opening two wins at the Rio Hondo Quad Tournament Sept. 6 due to a CCCAA by-law violation. The week ended with two legitimate defeats v. state No. 14 Cypress in four games and a sweep at the hands of No. 7-rated Santa Barbara City at the 7th El Camino College Classic in Torrance played Friday.
It's one thing to take over a women's volleyball program at the California Community College level as an interim head coach, but even more is at stake when the person inherits a perennial state top 10 team like Pasadena City College. That's the life of Bill Sanchez, a 5-time conference champion badminton coach for the Lancers, who took over the PCC volleyball team this season. He is filling in for South Coast Conference Co-Coach of the Year Tammy Silva, who is taking a sabbatical from coaching for the 2013-14 school year.