CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Volleyball team took down No. 23 Cal Lutheran for the first time since 2009 on Tuesday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
The Sagehens took the Regals to five sets winning by the scores of 25-23, 17-25, 22-25, 25-15 and 15-12
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens improve to 4-10 overall and claim their first SCIAC win of the season to move to 1-1 while Cal Lutheran drops to 4-8 overall and 0-3 to start their SCIAC season.
The Sagehens were led by Isabel Kelly who led the team with 17 kills while Julia Zwaal was close behind with 15 of her own. Jessica Finn led the Sagehens in assists with a season-high 28 and Natalie Martin racked up a season-high in digs with 23.
The Sagehens came out and quickly jumped ahead in the first set but the Regals were able to come back and tie the game at 15-15 and eventually took a 17-16 lead. That would be the only lead of the game for the Regals as Pomona-Pitzer rallied to take the first set 25-23.
Cal Lutheran controlled the second set as they took the lead and ran with it early on. The Sagehens would battle back and cut it to one point at 11-10 but the Regals find their stroke and went on a 10-5 run and eventually took set two, 25-17.
The Regals carried that momentum into the third set as took control of the match and mounted a big 18-10 lead. Instead of calling it quits, the Sagehens battled all the way back to cut the score down to 24-22 but the Regals held on for the 25-22 victory to take a 2-1 lead.
Although the Sagehens found themselves down 2-1 to the No. 23rd ranked team in the nation, they dug in and stayed even with Cal Lutheran in the fourth as both teams were tied at 11-11. Pomona-Pitzer then exploded on a 10-1 run to take a 21-12 lead and finished off the set 25-15 to force a fifth and final set.
Riding the wave from the previous set the Sagehens came out and dominated the Regals early on to take a 13-5 lead with just two points left to complete the upset. Credit Cal Lutheran as the Regals battled back with a 6-0 run to cut the lead down to 13-11 and put pressure on the Sagehens but Pomona-Pitzer finished off the come-from-behind upset for their first SCIAC win of the season.
"I really feel like our preseason tournaments have helped prepare us for a tough conference schedule", said Head Coach Valerie Townsend. "We had to dig deep and compete to finish this one off, so I was pleased with the progress we made throughout he match. We are a young group and are continually improving. It's nice to see."
Up Next: The Sagehens will continue SCIAC play as they next travel to Redlands on Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 p.m.