LA VERNE, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball team fell to the University of La Verne on Tuesday night, taking a 3-0 loss to the Leopards (25-12, 25-14, 25-22).
Season Impact: The loss sends the Sagehens to a 8-19 record overall and 5-10 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). The Leopards on the other hand improve to a 17-7 record overall and 10-4 in SCIAC.
Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong and Kayla Krilove co-led the Hens with six kills while Sophie Janssen led with 10 digs. Setter Jessica Finn and Britnie Casillas ended the night with similar stat lines, producing nine assists and a service ace each.
The Sagehens took an early 3-1 lead to start the first period, as Addo-Ashong collected two kills during the brief run. The Leopards responded with six straight points to take a 7-3 lead. La Verne continued to limit the Sagehens' offense with well-read receives and solid kill opportunities, denying the Hens from going on an extended run to get back in the set. Ahead 15-12, The Leopards scored 10 unanswered points to finish the set 25-12.
La Verne picked up where they left off, breaking out on a 9-2 run thanks to three kills by Kiana Valdivieso. The Sagehens broke out of their slump as they went on a 6-1 run, thanks in part by some solid play from Kayla Krilove who recorded a service ace and kill during that run. The two teams traded points as the Hens narrowed the gap 13-11, but the Leopards finally pulled away with a 4-0 run. After taking a 17-13 lead, La Verne rallied again with an 8-1 run to seal the second set 25-14.
After a fairly close start to the third set, La Verne pulled away with a 6-1 run to take a 10-5 lead. Addo-Ashong scored a kill of a toss from Casillas to spark a 5-0 run that was capped by a kill from Krilove. With the game tied at 10 apiece, the two sides traded points for majority of the set until the Sagehens grinded their way to a 21-20 lead thanks to two straight kills by Izzy Deatherage. However, the Leopards came back with a 5-1 run to seal the set 25-22.
Up Next: The Hens will take on Chapman University on Senior Night as they host the Panthers at Voelkel Gym on Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. Seniors Jessica Finn, Natalie Martin, and Kate Porter will be honored at the match for their contributions and dedication to the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Team.