Thousand Oaks, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball Team concluded their two-day trip to the Cal Lu Fornia Invitational with two hard-fought matches against University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Clarkson University. Despite losing both matches, the Sagehens (2-6 overall) gained valuable experience to better prepare them for the incoming SCIAC season.
"This weekend was a great opportunity to compete against some very strong teams," said Head Coach Valerie Townsend. "I believe we were able to learn and grow from this experience and look forward to building on this as we begin conference play."
Mary Hardin-Baylor def. Pomona-Pitzer 3-0
The Sagehens struggled to find their rhythm in the opening match of day two at the Cal Lu Invite as the Cru prevailed with a 3-0 victory. Vicky Marie Addo-Ashong led the Hens with 12 kills, one solo block, and two block assists. Sara Ryerson did her best to keep the offense going, delivering 17 assists, and Julia Zwaal added eight kills.
Unfortunately, the Cru took the first two sets at 25-14 in each and finished the game with a 25-18 set.
Clarkson def. Pomona-Pitzer 3-0
Julia Zwaal led the Sagehens' offense with 13 kills while Adrienne Tong had a team-high 18 assists in the team's match against Clarkson. Sophie Janssen delivered a career-high 30 digs, 14 more than her previous career-high back in the the 2017-18 season against Chapman. Despite battling through a very close affair, staying close with the Golden Knights for majority of the set, the Sagehens dropped the opening set 26-24. After losing the second set 25-15, the Hens rediscovered their tenacity and battled closely with their opponents. Unfortunately, after a tense back-and-forth affair, the Golden Knights sealed the final set 26-24.
Up Next: The Sagehens will hit the road to play their SCIAC opener against the University of Redlands on Saturday, September 15 at 12:00 p.m.