Volleyball: Sagehens Fall to No. 7 Cal Lutheran

Volleyball: Sagehens Fall to No. 7 Cal Lutheran

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Jessica Finn had 22 assists, Julia Zwaal put down 14 kills with nine digs, and the Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team, led the defending National Champion Regals late in the second set.

But Cal Lutheran stormed back, defeating the Sagehens in three sets Tuesday night.

Season Impact: The Sagehens fall to 7-8 overall and 3-4 in the SCIAC.

Cal Lutheran improves to 14-4 overall and 5-2 in SCIAC play. 

Set Scores: 25-13, 25-17, 25-19

The Sagehens were a point away from a set win, leading 24-22 in a back-and-fourth second set that saw neither team lead by more than four points. But Cal Lutheran rallied back, taking advantage of a Sagehens' attack error and ending the set on a block by Michelle Lawerence and Sarah Pappas.

Pomona-Pitzer took a 15-11 lead in the second after back-to-back blocks by Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong and Kate Porter. Addo-Ashong and Porter had an effective night defensively with Addo-Ashong leading all players with with seven blocks, and Porter adding six.

The Sagehens again had a chance in the third set, tying the game at 15-15 off a Sarah Gamble kill. Pomona-Pitzer then took a 18-17 lead over the No.7 team in the country following a Regals' attack error. 

Isabel Kelly had a strong performance, hitting .500 in the match with 12 kills. Stephanie Sun and Gamble each finished with five kills.

Jackie Roland turned in 11 assists and libero Natalie Martin had eight digs.

Next Match: The Sagehens host the Chapman Panthers this Friday at 7 p.m. Pomona-Pitzer looks to rebound from their 3-0 defeat in Orange earlier this year.