Women's Volleyball: Sagehens Survive Another Five-Set Thriller, Remain Fourth in SCIAC

Women's Volleyball: Sagehens Survive Another Five-Set Thriller, Remain Fourth in SCIAC

PASADENA, CA. – Following a five-set thriller against Redlands, the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Team engaged in another five-set showdown against the Caltech Beavers on Saturday afternoon on the road, edging them out 3-2 (25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 14-25, 15-6). Julia Zwaal had another big offensive performance, delivering 16 kills and reaching for 17 digs while Gaby Harrison unleashed 13 kills. Adrienne Tong did an excellent job engineering the offense, tossing up 42 assists and Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong added 12 kills with two block assists.

Season Impact: The victory improves the Sagehens record to 10-12 overall and 7-3 in the SCIAC.

The Sagehens found themselves trailing 8-6 in the first set, but they responded with four straight points thanks to a pair of attacking errors from the Beavers and two kills by Zwaal to lead 10-8. The Sagehens refused to relinquish the lead and later while ahead 15-13, the Beavers committed three straight attacking errors into the net, one of which were blocked by Tong and Addo-Ashong, as the Sagehens led 18-13. The Beavers tried to climb back into the set, trailing only 20-18 when the Sagehens killed their momentum after Jackie Roland and Alexis Rudy stuffed an attack by Isabell Yang of Caltech. Rudy and Makylee Fruge followed with another combined block to extend the lead 22-18 for the Sagehens. Addo-Ashong capped the set with a kill to close the score 25-21.

The second set opened up eerily similar to the first as the Beavers seized an early 7-4 lead. The Sagehens refused to give the Beavers any momentum, scoring four straight points to lead 8-7. The two sides battled tightly, but the Sagehens broke out in tremendous fashion as they lead 14-13. Addo-Ashong delivered a spike to extend the advantage 15-13, the Sagehens reeled from then on out, scoring seven straight to lead 22-13. The Sagehens never looked back as an attack error from Caltech gave the Sagehens the second set 25-19.

Pomona-Pitzer thought to have had Caltech by the heels as they jumped to a 9-2 lead early in the third set, but the Beavers refused to back down. Trailing 13-5, Caltech went on a 4-0 run thanks to couple Sagehens' errors. Later as they fell behind 17-12, Caltech erupted with a huge 6-0 run to lead 19-17. They never looked back as they went on another 3-0 run extend the advantage 22-18. A kill by Alexandra Frymire gave the Beavers the third set 25-20.

The Beavers' offense continued to soar in the fourth set. Leading 13-10, they unleashed a flurry of spikes, going on a 10-0 run that decided the set. Alison Noyes tied the match at 2-2 after closing the set on a spike to make it 25-14.

In the final set, the Sagehens broke out of their slumber. After a brief four-point run in which Laney Pope delivered two service aces, the Sagehens lead 4-1. Later with a 5-3 lead, Pomona-Pitzer capitalized on mistakes from the Beavers while Zwaal unleashed timely kills as they scored five straight to lead 10-3. Pomona-Pitzer held onto the comfortable lead and closed the match by scoring three straight thanks to two attack errors from Caltech and a service ace by Tong.

Up Next: The Sagehens will host Occidental College on Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m.