Comeback Falls Short As Chapman Edges Sagehens 3-2

Comeback Falls Short As Chapman Edges Sagehens 3-2

Orange, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team stormed back from the brink of a sweep to tie the score, but Chapman took the decisive fifth set to earn a 3-2 win over the Sagehens on Friday evening. 

The loss was the first of the season for the Sagehens, who fall to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the SCIAC. Chapman improves to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference with the win.  

Freshman outside hitter Julia Zwaal had 18 kills for Pomona-Pitzer, junior outside hitter Stephanie Sun added 15 and senior middle hitter Emma Burdekin (pictured) added 10 with only one error for a .429 hitting percentage.

Chapman led two sets to none and appeared to be on its way to the sweep with a 23-17 lead in the third set. Pomona-Pitzer stormed back, though, and won the next three points to tie the score 23-23. After the Panthers took a 24-23 lead for a match point, the Sagehens finished the dramatic rally with three points in a row to take a 26-24 win and stay alive in the match. 

The fourth set saw the Sagehens take control late and hold on for a 25-22 win, but Chapman regrouped and won the fifth set 15-6 to earn the 3-2 win.

Sophomore setter Jessica Finn had 37 assists and 16 digs for Pomona-Pitzer, while senior libero Michelle Schultz had 23 digs to lead the defense. Chapman was led by Kylie Cooke with 20 kills and Michele Hammer with 15. 

Pomona-Pitzer will return to action tomorrow with a road match at Occidental, beginning at 6 p.m.