REDLANDS, CA. – The opening Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference showdown between the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Team and University of Redlands proved to be an absolute thriller as the Sagehens came back from a 2-0 deficit for a thrilling 3-2 victory (21-25, 25-27, 25-15, 25-22, 15-13). The Sagehens saw four different players record double-digit kills, including Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong who led the team with 14 kills with one solo block and four block assists. Julia Zwaal contributed 11 kills with 26 digs and first year Adrienne Tong posted a career-high 50 assists with 14 digs.
Season Impact: The Sagehens improve to a 3-6 record overall and 1-0 in the SCIAC.
The Sagehens surely had control over the opening set, as they pounced the Bulldogs with a 16-9 advantage. However, the Bulldogs began to chip away at the lead, starting with a four-point rally. With the Hens ahead 21-15, the Bulldogs broke out with a huge 10-point rally, capitalizing on their opponent's errors for a comeback victory in the opening set.
The second set was more intense affair as both sides battled back-and-forth. Later as the Bulldogs built an 18-14 lead, the Sagehens went on a 4-0 run thanks to kills by Zwaal and Addo-Ashong to tie the set. Tied at 25 apiece, the Bulldogs prevailed thanks to a kill by Melanie Fyda followed by an attacking error from the Sagehens.
With their backs against the wall, the Sagehens shook off their doubts and strung together an incredible comeback. Trailing 9-8, Pomona-Pitzer strung a huge 9-0 run, including a service ace by Zwaal and impact kills by Zaza Apolinario-Chaplin and Chloe Kerstein. Ahead 19-15, the Sagehens sparked another rally to finish the set as the Bulldogs committed five straight attacking errors to drop set three 25-15. The Hens had a .400 hitting percentage in the set
Pomona-Pitzer continued to deliver the pressure in the fourth set, staying within striking distance with the Bulldogs. Trailing 20-19, the Hens took back two thanks to kills by Kerstein and Addo-Ashong. Later with the scores tied at 21, Sagehens went on a 4-1 run with Sophie Janssen capping the set with a service ace to tie the match 2-2.
Two attacking errors by Redlands and a kill by Isabel Kelly gave the Hens an early 4-1 lead in the final set. The Sagehens tried to maintain their lead, but later with the Hens ahead 12-8, the Bulldogs found momentum to spark a 5-1 rally to tie the game at 13. However, an attacking error by Redlands and a kill by Kerstein sealed the match for the Sagehens.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next host Caltech for their second SCIAC match on Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m.