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Sep 19
Women's Volleyball: Riggs leads the way for Pirates over Lancers
COSTA MESA -- A matchup between two of the top teams in the state turned into a blowout win for the Orange Coast College women's volleyball team on Wednesday inside the Peterson Gym. Led by a 23-kill, eight-dig performance from Karlee Riggs, the seventh-ranked Pirates made quick work of the third-ranked Pasadena City College Lancers, winning 25-13, 25-23, 25-19.
Freshman middle blocker Kourtney Chadderdon added seven kills for the Pirates (4-0), while setter Allison Lumsden paced the attack with 33 assists, six digs and three aces.
On defense, sophomore libero Andi Frisina led the way with 19 digs, while Dana Nicholson added nine.
For the Lancers (5-1), Megan Callen produced six kills, while Viridiana Gallardo added five and teammates Noralia To'omalatai and Jackie Valle-Acosta each ripped four. Setter Kailey Faust dished out 20 assists.
The opening game was all OCC right from the opening serve as Lumsden's knuckler made things difficult for the Lancers early on. Coast used four kills by Chadderdon and a kill by Riggs during an 8-0 run to start the match and the Pirates never looked back.
Pasadena used a pair of kills from Yanise Joseph to help cut the deficit to 12-7 before 10-2 OCC run blew Game 1 open.
In the second game, the Lancers showed their ability to rebound from the blowout in Game 1 and battled the Pirates throughout. A pair of blocks by Valle-Acosta gave PCC an 18-16 advantage before another strong service run by Lumsden sparked a 6-0 OCC run, putting the Pirates up 22-18.
Some unforced errors on return by Coast helped the Lancers get to within a point at 24-23 before a Nicholson kill put the Pirates up two games to none.
In the final game, strong serving by Callen helped give the Lancers a quick 4-0 lead. The lead remained four at 9-5 before a 8-2 Coast run gave the Pirates a 13-11 advantage.
Both teams battled back and forth and after a Gallardo block for PCC tied the game at 17, Riggs showed off some strong serving of her own and helped spark a 6-0 run to put the Pirates ahead for good. It was only fitting that Riggs notched her 23 kill of the night to end the match.
The Pirates will return to action on Friday at home against Southwester College, beginning at 5 p.m.