THOUSAND OAKS, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Team didn't get the start they wanted on the first day of the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational, falling to Hardin Simmons University in the five-set thriller 3-2 (23-25, 25-22. 20-25, 27-25, 15-11) and then losing to Puget Sound 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-21). The Sagehens carry a 2-4 record overall this season.
Hardin Simmons def. Pomona-Pitzer 3-2
In a heart-stopping match that could have fell in either team's favor, the Sagehens couldn't hang on for the victory as they dropped the first match of the Cal Lu Invite 3-2. The Hens saw three players finish with double-digit kills, including Julia Zwaal who led the Hens with 19 kills and compiled one solo block and two block assists. Freshman Gaby Harrison delivered 11 kills and a season-high four service aces while her classmate Adrienne Tong delivered a season-high 43 assists and 21 digs.
"The first match was a really fun back and forth battle," said Head Coach Valerie Townsend. "I felt we competed very well and was pleased with the effort."
The opening set, the Hens battled back and forth with the Cowgirls, but did a great job capitalizing on their errors and scoring off 12 kills to take the first set 2-1. However, the Cowgirls battled back with a solid defensive effort and took the second set 25-22. The Hens took back the lead in the third set with a dominant defensive showing as they closed it out 25-20.
In the fourth set, the Hens and Cowgirls were neck-to-neck, but after keeping it close at 25 apiece, Hardin Simmons prevailed 27-25. Hardin Simmons took the final set 15-11 to win the match.
Puget Sound def. Puget Sound 3-0
Battling fatigue from the prior match, the Sagehens struggled to find momentum against Puget Sound, falling in three sets straight. Chloe Kerstein led the team with nine kills while Sara Ryerson delivered a team-high 17 assists.
"The second match had some ups and downs, with a real lapse in the second set," said Coach Townsend. "I was pleased with the team fighting and coming back in the third set. Ryerson came off the bench and provided a spark for the team - serving tough and running the offense. Chloe had a great match as well."
"I felt pretty good about our passing and continue to see improvements in each match we play as we prepare for SCIAC competition."
The Loggers were firing all cylinders to cruise through the first two sets. In the third set, the Sagehens had their best offensive set with 16 kills, but it was not enough to keep them alive as the Loggers sealed the victory 25-21.
Up Next: The Sagehens will face Mary Hardin-Baylor tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. followed by a match with Clarkson at 3:00 p.m.