LA VERNE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Team took a tough loss on Tuesday evening, falling to the University of La Verne in three sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-12). Although the Sagehens combined for 14 assisted blocks, the Leopards offense managed to keep their hits within the lines and fall into the gaps. Adrienne Tong delivered 20 assists while Sophie Janssen led the Sagehens with 13 digs. Brooke Carlson had a standout performance, leading the Sagehens with five assisted blocks.
Season Impact: With the loss, the Sagehens are now 7-8 overall and 5-2 in the SCIAC.
Tied at 5-5 in the first set, the Leopards broke out with a 4-0 run to take a 9-5 lead. Later, trailing 14-10, the Sagehens battled back, starting a hard-hit spike by Isabel Kelly that bounced off the receiver, followed by a service ace by Gaby Harrison. A huge stuff by Kelly and Brooke Carlson cut the lead 14-13. The Sagehens later took the lead off a kills by Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong and Chloe Kerstein to go ahead 16-15. The two teams battle closely, but the Leopards prevailed in the end. With the set tied at 21, La Verne scored four straight points to close the set.
The Sagehens trailed 7-4 at the start of the second set, but they rallied back to take the lead. After a huge spike by Kerstein to spark the run, Addo-Ashong followed by leaping for a toss by Tong and opting to poke the ball over the net rather than take a swing. The cheeky surprise caught the Leopards off-guard as the Sagehens cut the deficit 7-6. Following a Leopards attack error, Addo-Ashong drilled a huge spike that echoed off the floorboard to take an 8-7 lead. The two sides battled closely for majority of the set, but later with the score even at 16, the Leopards broke out on a 8-1 run to come close to sealing the set. After the Sagehens stopped the bleeding by taking two back, La Verne won the set off a kill by Haley Celaya.
La Verne carried it's offensive momentum in the third set, leaping to a 12-4 lead. The Sagehens tried to claw back into the match with a spike from Harrison and a combined block by Harrison and Carlson, but it was not enough to slow down the Leopards as they continued to extend the lead. Ahead 18-9, La Verne went on a 7-3 rally to seal the match.
Up Next: The Sagehens will look to bounce back as they host University of Massachusetts, Boston on Friday, October 5 at 4:30 p.m. and Nazareth at 7:00 p.m. for the Leopard Invitational