Sagehens Inch Closer To SCIAC Bid With Win At Whittier

Sagehens Inch Closer To SCIAC Bid With Win At Whittier

Whittier, Calif. - The Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team took a big step towards securing a spot in the SCIAC Tournament with a 3-0 road win over Whittier on Tuesday evening. 

With the 25-22, 25-18, 25-16 win, the Sagehens improve to 14-7 overall and 6-3 in the SCIAC, while opening up a two game lead on Whittier (6-12 overall, 4-5 SCIAC). Pomona-Pitzer, which currently stands in fourth place in the SCIAC, also has now swept the season series from the fifth-place Poets and would have the tiebreaker, essentially giving them a three game lead (the top four teams receive SCIAC Tournament bids).

The Sagehens started slow, trailing Whittier 19-15 in the first half before rallying back with a 10-3 run to win the set 25-22.  Pomona-Pitzer went ahead 22-21 on a block from seniors Samantha Cahill and Ellen Yamasaki, and after the Poets tied it 22-22, Yamasaki and sophomore Kelli Derrah followed with two straight kills before an attack error ended the set. 

Pomona-Pitzer kept the momentum going into the second set, opening up a 5-0 lead that it stretched up to as large as 11-2. Whittier clawed back to within 18-14, but the Sagehens were able to fight off the rally for a 25-18 win and a two sets to none lead.  The third set saw Whittier put up a challenge early, but Pomona-Pitzer was able to stretch its lead out and pull away.  

The Sagehens received a lift coming down the homestretch as senior setter Dani Kritter (pictured) started her first match after missing most of the early part of the season with an injury and contributed 16 assists, while freshman setter Jessica Finn added 15.  Senior outside hitter Allie Frappier had 17 kills while junior libero Michelle Schultz had 22 digs for the Sagehens. 

Pomona-Pitzer returns to action on Friday night for a big home contest against Cal Lutheran, which is currently undefeated in the SCIAC at 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation.