CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Team emerged victorious in their three-set sweep (25-19, 25-19, 26-24) against the Caltech Beavers on Tuesday night, riding on an all-around team effort to earn the win. Julia Zwaal had an impactful offensive performance, leading the team with 12 kills and three service aces. Adrienne Tong led the team with 28 assists and Sophie Janssen had 13 digs. On the defensive end, the Sagehens combined for eight team blocks and held the Beavers to a .000 hitting percentage in the first and second set.
Season Impact: The Sagehens are now 4-6 overall this season and 2-0 in the SCIAC.
Pomona-Pitzer opened the match a bit rusty, struggling against the serves of Caltech's Hannah Fan in the first set as the Beavers took an 8-5 lead. However, after battling back and finding themselves down 10-9, the Sagehens broke out on a huge 7-0 run during which Gaby Harrison landed two service aces. Later up 20-16, Harrison extended the lead with a huge kill off a toss by Tong. Tong followed by finding Isabel Kelly for a big hit to make it 22-16. Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong closed the first set with a kill off a pass by Tong to make it 25-19.
The Sagehens looked more in control at the start of the second set, jumping to a 9-5 lead thanks to some major offense by Zwaal who recorded two kills during the run. Ahead 18-15, the Sagehens mounted a brief rally thanks to some excellent tosses by Sara Ryerson who delivered a perfect pass from behind to Addo-Ashong for the kill. She followed with another pass to Harrison to make it 20-15. Kayla Krilove closed out the set 25-19 with a kill off a pass by Ryerson to give the Hens a 2-0 lead.
Julia Zwaal sparked a brief rally to open up the third set, delivering a booming hit to score the opening point. Addo-Ashong followed with a kill of her own and Caltech committed an attacking error as the Sagehens led 3-0. Trailing 9-4, Caltech's offense came to life, capitalizing on several errors by the Sagehens to take an 11-9 lead. Pomona-Pitzer answered with a 5-0 run, including two service aces by Tong to take a 14-11 lead. The two teams battled back and forth as Caltech stayed within striking distance. The Beavers managed to lead 24-23, but struggled to capitalize on the set point opportunities as the Sagehens refused to back down. After a wild rally, Zwaal managed to land a kill off a clean toss by Tong. Zwaal followed with a service ace. In the next point, the two teams went on another wild rally, including some acrobatic digs by Tong and Harrison when Kelly finally closed the match with a huge kill to make it 26-24.
Up Next: The Sagehens will next travel to Los Angeles to take on Occidental College on Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m.