Sagehens Split On Second Day Of Pacific Coast Classic

Sagehens Split On Second Day Of Pacific Coast Classic

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team swept Alverno 3-0 in the morning, but dropped a 3-1 decision to Colorado College in the afternoon at the Pacific Coast Classic on Saturday afternoon at Voelkel Gymnasium.

Game scores were 25-10, 25-15, 25-11 against Alverno, and 21-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-21 against Colorado College. With the split, the Sagehens move to 3-1 on the year, after also picking up wins over Northland and Illinois Wesleyan on Friday on the first day of the Pacific Coast Classic.

The morning match (9 a.m.) saw the Sagehens respond to the early wake-up call by recording 11 kills and no errors in the first game, as it rolled to a 25-10 win. Pomona-Pitzer then committed six errors in the second game, but had another error-free third game (with 10 kills). Overall, the Sagehens had 29 kills and six errors, while hitting .319 as a team.

Freshman Michelle Schultz continued her strong play for the Sagehens with six kills and no errors in 14 attempts, while another newcomer, sophomore transfer Samantha Cahill, was big in the middle with seven kills and seven blocks (two solo). Sophomore Dani Kritter had 26 assists for the Sagehens in the win.

Pomona-Pitzer kept the momentum going with a solid 25-21 win in the first game against Colorado College, ranked No. 14 nationally in the AVCA Preseason Division III poll, as the Tigers had 10 errors and eight kills. Schultz had the game-winning point with a blistering kill from the back row.

However, the Tigers became much more efficient with their attacking, hitting .386 in the second game with 20 kills and only three errors and then kept the momentum going the rest of the way. Pomona-Pitzer tried to make a dramatic comeback in the fourth game after falling behind 15-3. The Sagehens had eight straight points to close within 15-11, and then fought off four match points to cut the Colorado College lead from 24-17 to 24-21, but Emily Phillips came out of a timeout with the winning kill to finish off the match. 

Schultz and sophomore Ellen Yamasaki (pictured) ranked 1-2 on the team in kills again with Schultz ending with 12 and Yamasaki adding 11. Cahill added five more block assists, giving her a hand in 12 blocks on the day. Kritter had 31 assists and five kills (with no errors) at the setter position.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action next weekend at the Posada Royale Invitational at Cal Lutheran.