Women’s BadmintonDuring the 2010 season, the badminton team dominated, often shutting out its opponents and coming in first place in Southern California. The team entered the State Team Championship on May 13 with a record of 13-1, but was defeated by City College of San Francisco with a score of 11-10. Iris Xu was a stand-out, taking the South Coast Conference Singles Championship as well as the Doubles Championship with teammate JK Nguyen-Le. Head Coach Bill Sanchez was awarded SCC Coach of the Year.
The volleyball team proved to be one of the most talented of PCC teams in the 2009-10 seasons. As the undefeated SCC Champions with a No. 1 So Cal ranking, the team, headed by four-year Head Coach Tammy Silva, had six All-SCC selections, two All-State selections and a 2009 SCC MVP in Freshman Patti Blasco. The team was ranked as high as No. 3 in the state towards the end of the season.
Head Coach Joe Peron’s defending State Champion Lancers attempted to repeat but fell short as the team lost to City College of San Francisco in the quarterfinals. Despite a disappointing post-season, the Lancers (25-5, 6-2) brought home three of four tournament championships and came in second in the SCC to Mt. SAC. Sophomore guard Kim Smith will bring her team-leading scoring average skills to the Lone Star State when she transfers to the University of Texas El-Paso in the fall.
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
In Head Coach Armand Crespo’s fourth season, the men’s and women’s cross country teams placed fifth and fourth in the South Coast Conference, respectively. Freshman Tracee van der Wyk placed third at the SCC Championships, sixth at the Southern California Championships and fourth at the State Championships.
Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving
For the second straight season, the swimming program boasted a state champion and a SCC Swimmer of the Year for the fourth time in a row. This time around it was freshman Sharif Aloui who claimed the two accolades. Aloui was the 200-yard freestyle champion this year.
Men’s and Women’s Track
The track and field team saw continued success in the distance aspect with successful seasons by cross country crossovers Richard Zarazua, Tracee van der Wyk and Ernesto Rodriguez. Rodriguez was crowned the South Coast Conference champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Women’s Water Polo
Although improving in the win column, the Lancers placed only fifth in the conference, but boasted an All-SCC first team and All-So Cal player in freshman goalie Hannah Hogue.
Head Coach James Kuk’s sophomore season at the helm proved difficult as the team stumbled to a 5-5 overall record and 2-4 conference record. As the only PCC team in the National North Conference, the Lancers displayed a strong team of All-NNC selections for the second year in a row.
Head Coach Evan O’Meara’s boys of summer struggled to find and keep momentum, finishing off the season with a record of 4-17 in SCC and 6-29 overall. Catcher Brian Smith led the team with .325 batting average, .383 on-base percentage and 19 RBI’s.
With Head Coach Elaine Martinez’s departure, PCC has the task of hiring a coach who can bring consistency. After going 20-19 in the 2009 season, the Lancers dropped to 9-28 this season and were unable to repeat a championship at the Golden West Tournament. The team still produced individual stand-outs, including center fielder Marissa Rangel, who will be transferring to the University of Arizona in the fall.
After a stellar 2009 season, the men’s basketball team suffered little success, winning slightly less than 40 percent of its games. Despite the team’s record of 2-6 in the South Coast Conference and 7-17 overall, forward and two-time All-SCC First Team selection Elliott Berry was recruited by UC Riverside. Berry averaged 16.9 points per game and lead the team in rebounds with an average of 8.8 per game.
Men’s and Women’s Soccer
Both PCC men’s and women’s soccer teams suffered frustrating seasons this year and saw the departure of Head Coach Cherif Zein, who was at the helm of both teams. The men were unable to claim a victory this season and the women dropped from fourth to fifth in the South Coast Conference with a record of 6-7-1.
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