Pomona-Pitzer Takes First Game, But Chapman Rallies For 3-1 Win

Pomona-Pitzer Takes First Game, But Chapman Rallies For 3-1 Win

Claremont, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team took the first game from Chapman 25-21, but the Panthers responded with the next three to take a 3-1 win over the Sagehens on Saturday afternoon.

Val Geiger had 27 kills for Chapman, which improves to 13-6 overall and 6-1 in the SCIAC with the win, taking the match 21-25, 25-13, 25-16, 25-19. Pomona-Pitzer, which was playing without the nation's leading hitter (Allie Frappier, 5.69 kills per set) for the second straight day, falls to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in league play.

Pomona-Pitzer did not have a player in double figures in kills in Frappier's absence, as junior Kirea Mazzolini led with nine, junior Ellen Yamasaki and freshman Stephanie Sun each had eight, and freshman Kelli Derrah had seven.

The Sagehens took the first game, as Yamasaki (pictured) had kills for the 23rd and 24th points, before a Chapman error accounted for game point. The Panthers, though, jumped out to a 10-3 in the second quarter to take the momentum. They then took a 10-4 lead in game three and a 10-3 lead in game four.

Senior libero Beth Smilkstein led the Sagehen defense with 21 digs, while junior Dani Kritter had 18 assists and freshman Elizabeth Sun had 15.

Pomona-Pitzer will be back in action on Friday when it hosts Kenyon at 7:30 p.m.