PCC women's water polo team swam to a 7-6 victory over Citrus College on Saturday during the 11th annual Pasadena Bowl Tournament.


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PCC women’s water polo team swam to a 7-6 victory over Citrus College on Saturday during the 11th annual Pasadena Bowl Tournament.

Five different community colleges came to compete at the PCC Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday. The victory over Citrus was the pinnacle of the tournament for the Lancers, who struggled in games against Cuesta, 13-8, Diablo Valley, 18-5 and Orange Coast, 16-3.

Shelby Gregg, the Lancers primary goalie, displayed great capability in Saturday’s portion of the tournament. Over the first three quarters (roughly 24 minutes) Gregg made 12 saves and six steals. She eventually led the team with three goals in the 7-6 victory over Citrus to end the tournament.

“Our defense has improved dramatically and we are looking forward to being very stingy this week, [but] our offense has not hit full stride yet this season. Therefore, we need this week to work on it,” said Coach Terry Stoddard.

A highlight for the Lancer team was when Gregg took a shot before reaching the half-court marker, which scored with only seconds left giving PCC a 3-2 lead.

Another key component in Saturday’s win was Makenzie Blank who excelled in both offence and defense. Blank scored one goal in the game against Citrus but made four other assists and also executed five steals.

Blank set the bar for the Lancers for scoring, with 43 goals in 12 matches. Gregg leads the Lancers in both saves and steals with 81 saves and 43 steals and Paloma Barrera leads the team with 16 assists.

“We are looking forward to continue down our path of progress and improvement in every facet of our game,” said Stoddard.

The lancers will participate in the Citrus College Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Utility player Paloma Barrera takes a shot on goal against the Vikings on Friday at the PCC Aquatic Center during the Lancer’s game against Diablo Valley College. Despite their performance, the Lancer’s were defeated 18-5. (Buren Smith/ Courier)

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