CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Team was dealt a tough loss on Wednesday evening, falling to cross-street rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 26-24). Despite a close battle in the first and third set, the Sagehens couldn't find the firepower to extend the match as the Athenas' high flying offense and disciplined receiving prevailed. Julia Zwaal led the team with eight kills and 14 digs while Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong had three solo blocks and two assisted blocks.
Season Impact: The Sagehens are now 12-14 overall and 9-5 in the SCIAC. They are tied for fourth in the SCIAC standings with La Verne.
The Sagehens battled closely with the Athenas at the start of the first set, trading points before a kill by Zwaal and an attacking error from CMS' Phoebe Madsen put the Sagehens ahead 8-5. However, the three-point lead was short-lived when the Athenas scored three straight to tie the game at 10 apiece. Addo-Ashong sparked another run when she scored off a quick toss by Adrienne Tong. Britnie Casillas followed with a service ace that saw the ball roll off the net and an open ball kill by Mayklee Fruge gave the Sagehens a 13-10 lead. Trailing 15-11, the Athenas responded after a timeout with a tremendous comeback, going on a 7-1 run to take an 18-16 lead. The two sides battled closely from that point as the Sagehens stayed within striking distance. However, a 4-1 run put the Athenas ahead 24-21 and a kill by CMS' Melanie Moore sealed the first set.
The Athenas' offense picked up where they left off, scoring seven straight to lead 10-4. CMS never looked back and rolled through to win the second set 25-11.
The Sagehens shook off the rough second set and looked to bounce back in the third set. Staying close with the Athenas, the Sagehens managed to muster a 9-7 lead after a kill from Zwaal and a bad set by CMS. The Athenas responded with four consecutive points, including three straight blocks to lead 11-9. The Sagehens quickly diffused the lead with a booming spike by Zwaal followed by an attacking error from CMS to tie it 11-11. Later trailing 16-13, the Sagehens strung another rally, scoring four points all off errors by the Athenas to lead 17-16. The two sides traded points, and the Sagehens managed come close to sealing the set with a kill by Zwaal and a service ace by Tong put them up 24-23. However, the Athenas called a timeout and responded with three consecutive points, including a match-sealing block by Amanda Walker and Regan Dinovitz to win the contest.
Up Next: The Sagehens look to get back on the win column this Friday, October 26 when the travel to Thousand Oaks, CA to face Cal Lutheran at 7:00 p.m.