CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Team bounced back with a huge 3-2 victory (25-22, 18-25, 21-25, 25-12, 19-17) over University of La Verne at home on Saturday evening. Trailing 2-1 after three sets, the Sagehens came back with a dominant fourth set and prevailed in the final set that went to extras. Isabel Kelly led the team with 17 kills while Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong had 16 kills to go with five solo blocks and two block assists. Grace Fan added six kills with six block assists and a solo block.
Season Impact: The Sagehens edge closer to fourth place in the SCIAC after the victory, improving their record to 12-11 overall and 6-7 in the SCIAC.
La Verne controlled the start of the opening set, building a comfortable 13-4 lead, but the Sagehens refused to give it up. Kelly's kill sparked a 4-0 run to help the Sagehens chip away at the lead. While trailing 15-10, the Sagehens rallied for six more points starting with a kill from Chloe Kerstein. A combined block from Addo-Ashong and Naomi Chen-Mallouk gave the Sagehens a 16-15 lead. The two sides battled closely, but with the score tied at 22, the Sagehens prevailed with three straight points, including a kill from Kerstein to close the set.
The Leopards battled back, controlling the second set at ease 25-18 while edging out the Sagehens in the third set 25-21. The Sagehens came to life in the fourth set, spiking their way to an 8-5 lead. Kelly later sparked a 7-0 run, during which Lauren Asato scored two service aces and Addo-Ashong contributed two blocks to extend the lead 15-6. The home side rallied off another huge run, scoring four unanswered points while ahead 19-10 thanks to a block by Addo-Ashong and two errors by the Leopards. Kelly tied the match after a kill off a pass from Adrienne Tong to close the set 25-12.
The final set was a nail-biting affair as victory couldn't get more difficult to attain for the Sagehens. Pomona-Pitzer pounced to a 7-2 lead thanks to four errors by the Leopards, but La Verne shrugged off their mistakes and scored four straight to cut the deficit to one. Later, with the score tied at 11 apiece, neither side were able to build a significant lead. The Leopards came close to sealing the match with a 14-13 lead, but a service error by La Verne sent the set to extras. La Verne threatened again with a 16-15 lead after a kill by Rylee Callen, but the Sagehens responded with two straight points off a kill by Kelly and an attack error from Callen. La Verne tied it at 17 after a kill by Darrah Jones to snuff out the Sagehens' threat, but Pomona-Pitzer took back the advantage after grinding through a tough rally that ended with a kill by Addo-Ashong. Kerstein closed out the match with a cross-court kill off a pass by Tong.
Up Next: The Sagehens will travel out to Thousand Oaks, CA to face Cal Lutheran University on Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.