CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball team opened up the season in the Pacific Coast Classic with a controlling 3-0 sweep over College of Saint Scholastica, but saw their night spoiled by a 3-1 loss against the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats. Julia Zwaal led the team with 12 kills and 15 digs while Sara Ryerson delivered 18 assists in the first match while Isabel Kelly led with 9 kills while Sophie Janssen made 18 digs in the match against Franklin & Marshall.
Pomona-Pitzer def. CS Scholastica 3-0
The Sagehens battled early season rust in the first set, as the Saints built a respectable 16-12 lead. However, Isabel Kelly did her best to keep the Hens afloat with six kills in the set while Julia Zwaal and first year Gaby Harrison had four kills each. The Sagehens offense found its spark in the form of first year Adrienne Tong who demonstrated incredible composure in her collegiate debut and delivered eight assists to help the Hens rally back. Tied at 24 apiece, the Hens scored on a kill followed by hit error by the Saints to take the first set 26-24.
The second set started smoothly for the Sagehens opened with a 5-1 advantage capped by a service ace by Zwaal. The Saints tried to rally back and came within on after an attack error by the Hens, cutting the lead 9-8. However, the Sagehens never looked back, rebuilding their lead off a 4-0 run in which Zwaal collected two kills to go ahead 13-8. The Hens maintained their lead and Zwaal finished the set with a kill off a pass by Sara Ryerson to win 25-20.
The third set got off to a contentious start as both teams went back-and-forth. However, with both teams tied 16 apiece, Vicky Marie Addo-Ashong and Chloe Kerstein combined for a huge block for a momentum-changing point. The Hens went on to score three more points to lead 20-16. Right after a point by the Saints, Kerstein and Kayla Krilove combined to stuff a hit attempt to regain the 4-point advantage. Leading 22-20, the Sagehens went on a 3-0 run, capped by a kill from Addo-Ashong to complete the sweep 25-20.
Franklin & Marshall def Pomona-Pitzer 3-1
The opening set got off to an intense start as both teams traded points. However, the Diplomats broke out with a 5-0 run to take a 15-10 lead. The Sagehens look to fight back with a rally of their own, and later while trailing 20-16, the Hens strung four straight points, including a huge stuff by Addo-Ashong and Johnson to tie the match at 20 apiece. The Diplomats took back the lead at 24-21, but Addo-Ashong kept it within one with a vicious kill that hit the edge of the line. Krilove and Harrison followed with a huge combined stuff to tie send the game to deuce. However, the Diplomats took the next two points off kills to take the first set 26-24
The two teams kept it close throughout the second set until the Hens pulled away 22-18. The Diplomats fought back but after a timeout, the Hens got the job done with three straight points to make at 25-22.
Franklin & Marshall looked certain to close out the third set, building a 23-18 lead, but the Hens refused to go down easy with a 4-0 rally. However, the Diplomats took the second set 25-23 to lead 2-1.
The teams stood tied at 15 apiece in the fourth set, but the Hens tried to pull away with two points, including a free ball kill by Addo-Ashong to make it 17-15. After a timeout by the Diplomats, the managed to build a comeback and took a 21-18 lead. Franklin and Marshall proceeded to close out the match 25-21 for the 3-1 victory.
The Sagehens will round out the final day of the Pacific Coast Classic with an 11:45 a.m. match against Mount Aloysius College and later a 4:30 p.m. finale against Salisbury University.