ORANGE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball team saw its invincible run through the SCIAC come to an end on Tuesday night as the Sagehens fell to the Chapman University Panthers 3-1 (25-22, 25-12, 24-26. 25-22). Isabel Kelly led the Sagehens with 14 kills while Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong added 10 kills with one solo block and five assisted blocks.
Season Impact: The loss puts the Sagehens at a 6-7 record overall and marks their first loss in the SCIAC as they are now 4-1.
The Panthers jumped to a 10-5 lead in the opening set, but the Sagehens came back thanks to four attacking errors by Chapman to cut the deficit 11-9. However, the Panthers regrouped and later went on a 5-1 run to take a 19-12 lead. The Sagehens refused to back down as back-to-back kills by Kelly, a service ace by Sophie Janssen, and a kill by Addo-Ashong brought them within three. Chapman stretched the lead to 24-19, but the Sagehens tried to send the game to deuces, scoring three straight, including two big kills by Julia Zwaal. Unfortunately, the Panthers closed the set with a kill by Jessi Lumsden.
Chapman's offense continued to roll in the second set, riding on momentum to go on a 6-0 run for a 9-3 lead. The Panthers never looked back and took the second set 25-12.
The Sagehens shook off the rough second set and battled for survival in the third set, pouncing the Panthers early for a 7-2 lead. The offense continued to roll as the Sagehens combined for 15 kills in the set and smacked an efficient .303 hitting percentage. However, the Panthers stayed close and battled back to tie the game late into the set at 19 apiece. The two teams traded points and with the score tied at 14, the Sagehens took advantage of two straight attacking errors from the Panthers to win the set 26-24.
The Sagehens' offense picked up where it left off in the fourth set as a pair of kills by Addo-Ashong put them ahead 7-4. The Panthers rallied back with four straight points and the two teams stayed close for majority of the set. Ahead 20-19, the Panthers scored three straight to build a 23-19 lead and never looked back to win the match.
Up Next: The Sagehens will head back home to host Cal Lutheran on Saturday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m.