On Tuesday night, in the foyer of the Pierce College gymnasium, the womenâ€™s volleyball team members sat looking tired and dejected.Â Their hopes of winning against Pierce, and going on to the state finals, had just been dashed in a three game sweep.Â Coach Tammy Silva talked about the teamâ€™s great season, something to be proud of, but there was nothing much to say as the cheers for Pierceâ€™s third trip to the state finals in three years continued inside.
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.
â€œWe didnâ€™t go to our utmost potential, we are so much better than this,â€ 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 Pasadenaâ€™s 30 assists.
â€œIt didnâ€™t turn out how we wanted or expected, but they are a really good team,â€ said Faust. â€œWe fought hard and never let up, so, I am satisfied.â€
Both Jackie Valle-Acosta and Viridana Gallardo had eight kills and Noralia Toâ€™omalatai ended up with six, but that was not enough on this evening.
â€œWe had a great season.Â We ended up 21-5, we canâ€™t complain â€¦ we made it to the top eight in the state,â€ said Coach Silva.
Pasadena ended the season with a number of players leading the South Coast Conference in individual stats.Â Valle-Acosta is number one in hitting percentage (.442), with Toâ€™omalatai in second (.336).Â Valle-Acosta is number one in blocks per set (.97), with Megan Callan in third (.82).Â Faust is number one in assists per set (10.18).Â Jennifer Estrada is number three in both number of digs (238) and digs per set (3.72).Â and Toâ€™omalati is number three in kills with 195.
â€œThe season was great,â€ said Faust.Â â€œWe had our ups and downs but in the end we all came together as a team â€¦ this is a great team, and Iâ€™m sad the season is over.”