Volleyball Sweeps Occidental To Maintain Top Four Status

Volleyball Sweeps Occidental To Maintain Top Four Status

Los Angeles, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team began a busy homestretch of six matches in 11 days to close out the regular season by sweeping its way to a 3-0 win over Occidental on Tuesday evening.

Set scores were 25-15, 25-16, 25-23 as the Sagehens improve to 15-8 overall and 7-4 in the SCIAC. The win also solidifies Pomona-Pitzer's hold on the important fourth-place position in the league standings (the top four teams receive bids to the SCIAC Tournament). Occidental slips to 5-17 overall and 3-9 in league play with the loss. 

The first set saw the Sagehens take control early with a 4-0 run that started with a kill from senior All-American Allie Frappier and ended with a Frappier ace to take an 8-3 lead. Pomona-Pitzer methodically extended the margin the rest of the way up to 25-15, as the Tigers were unable to mount a rally of more than two straight points. 

The second set was dominated by the Sagehen defense, as Pomona-Pitzer started out on a 6-0 run behind three blocks, a solo block from senior Ellen Yamasaki, and two combined blocks from senior Samantha Cahill (pictured, right) and sophomore Kelli Derrah (pictured, left). Occidental was able to use a late run to cut a 20-9 Sagehen lead down to 21-16, but Pomona-Pitzer closed out on a 4-0 run with two more blocks, as it held the Tigers to -.194 hitting in the second set (five kills, 11 errors). 

Occidental put up a strong fight in the third set, overcoming an early deficit to take a 17-16 lead. Frappier answered with a kill and sophomore Elizabeth Sun had a service ace to stop the run. Sophomore Stephanie Sun had a big third set as well, with seven kills in 13 attempts (and only one error).

Stephanie Sun's kill broke a 19-19 tie and was followed by two straight blocks from Cahill and sophomore Sarah Gamble to give Pomona-Pitzer a little bit of separation a 22-19 lead. After Occidental closed to 23-22, a Cahill kill gave the Sagehens two match points, and Frappier came through on the second one with her match-high 13th kill. 

Cahill had five block assists to lead a strong defensive performance, while Derrah and Gamble had three apiece. Occidental hit .071 overall for the match, with 27 kills and 20 errors (eight of which were Sagehen blocks). 

Pomona-Pitzer faces a big home match on Friday night against CMS at 7:30 p.m., and then travel to Redlands on Saturday.