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Women’s volleyball misses out on state finals

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On Tuesday night, in the foyer of the Pierce College gymnasium, the women’s volleyball team members sat looking tired and dejected.  Their hopes of winning against Pierce, and going on to the state finals, had just been dashed in a three game sweep.  Coach Tammy Silva talked about the team’s great season, something to be proud of, but there was nothing much to say as the cheers for Pierce’s third trip to the state finals in three years continued inside.

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Pasadena libero, Jennifer Estrada, serves the ball against Pierce College during the regional playoffs on Nov. 27. Pierce went on to defeat the Lancers 3-0.

The first game began evenly, with points swapping back and forth, but once the scores got into the teens, the Lancers began to look tired, like they were missing a piece of energy, and Pierce college picked up the pace, eventually winning the game 25-16.

“We didn’t go to our utmost potential, we are so much better than this,” said Cassandra Delacruz after the game.

The second two games went in similar fashion, with the three games ending 25-16, 25-19, 25-18.

Kailey Faust worked hard the whole game, keeping Pasadena in the game, chasing after the ball and ending up with 29 of Pasadena’s 30 assists.

“It didn’t turn out how we wanted or expected, but they are a really good team,” said Faust. “We fought hard and never let up, so, I am satisfied.”

Both Jackie Valle-Acosta and Viridana Gallardo had eight kills and Noralia To’omalatai ended up with six, but that was not enough on this evening.

“We had a great season.  We ended up 21-5, we can’t complain … we made it to the top eight in the state,” said Coach Silva.

Pasadena ended the season with a number of players leading the South Coast Conference in individual stats.  Valle-Acosta is number one in hitting percentage (.442), with To’omalatai in second (.336).  Valle-Acosta is number one in blocks per set (.97), with Megan Callan in third (.82).  Faust is number one in assists per set (10.18).  Jennifer Estrada is number three in both number of digs (238) and digs per set (3.72).  and To’omalati is number three in kills with 195.

“The season was great,” said Faust.  “We had our ups and downs but in the end we all came together as a team … this is a great team, and I’m sad the season is over.”


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One Response to “Women’s volleyball misses out on state finals”

  1. PCC Volleyball Fan says:

    This article paints a dismal portrait of our great volleyball team, who actually performed pretty well seeing how Pierce has won 63 consecutive matches. This article could have mentioned the last minute re-seeding that ultimately affected their chance to make it to state finals.
    Our great team still made the Elite Eight and were co-South Coast Conference champions. What a great team!


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