It started out so well, with the Lancers controlling the first two sets, and it seemed like they would win the third and head home early.
But then they hiccuped.
Long Beach College fought back, winning the third, and then the fourth games, leading to a tie-breaking fifth.
With every point Pasadena lost, the crowd in the tiny Long Beach gymnasium banged and screamed louder and louder, their shouts and stamping reverberating off the walls.
But eventually the Lancers regained some sort of control and finished off the match three games to two away at Long Beach College on Nov. 1.
The final scores for each game were 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 19-25 and 15-12.
PCC is tied with El Camino in the South Coast Conference, both with 8-1 records with five games left to play.
“We did so well on the first two games, but we kind of dropped a little on the third and fourth,” Victoria Arreola said. “But we worked as a team, we did everything right, and we came out with the win.”
In the game the Lancers kept up their winning individual numbers, with 24 digs for Arreola, 24 kills for Nora To’omalatai and 52 assists for Tiffany Roesler.
Pasadena still leads in half of the individual stats for the South Coast Conference. To’omalatai is number one in both number of kills and kills per set, with Thula Parks second in kills. Kendra Logan leads in the blocks per set category, and Roesler in assists per set.
“I think we could have done a lot better than we did, we are a better team than we played, and a little miscommunication throughout the game,” To’omalatai said.
“We didn’t play very well sometimes, we just have some issues with consistency, I guess we have to go back to it on Monday,” head coach Bill Sanchez said.