Women's Volleyball: Solid Defensive Effort Secures Sweep Over Redlands

Women's Volleyball: Solid Defensive Effort Secures Sweep Over Redlands

CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Volleyball team completed a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-12, 25-18) over the University of Redlands on Tuesday night at home. The Sagehens had a solid night on the defensive end, collecting 57 total digs and holding the Bulldogs to a .097 hitting percentage. 

Season Impact: The victory improves the Sagehens to a 7-17 record overall and 4-8 in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) while the Bulldogs are now 6-14 overall and 2-10 in the SCIAC.

Sophomore Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong led the Hens with nine kills while first year Kayla Krilove added 8. Natalie Martin and Sophie Janssen combined for 27 digs while Jessica Finn and Britnie Casillas both had 14 assists. Brooke Carlson had a solid night above the net, stuffing six total blocks on the Bulldogs.

The Sagehens demonstrated tremendous focus from the start of the match. Despite remaining close with the Bulldogs from majority of the set, the Sagehens were able to dig most of the Bulldogs' hit attempts and create solid hitting opportunities. With Pomona-Pitzer ahead 12-10, Sophie Janssen dug a hard-hit ball into the air during a rally. Carlson ran through and delivered a quick toss to the leaping Kelly who crushed a cross-court kill to extend the lead 13-10. The Bulldogs fought back, scoring three straight points during the set to lead 17-16. After a timeout by Pomona-Pitzer, the Sagehens responded with a 4-1 run. Emily Marty brought the Bulldogs within one to make it 20-19, but Addo-Ashong and Carlson responded with a huge block and a hard-hit attack by Megan Houston to put Sagehens ahead by two. With a 23-22 lead, Kate Porter made a fine dig on a Bulldogs' attack that sent the ball towards the middle of the net. Krilove leapt in the air as if she was going to set the ball, but went straight for the dump shot into the gap to put the Sagehens within one. Laney Pope closed the set with a service ace to make it 25-22.

Pomona-Pitzer maintained its momentum in the second set, going on a huge 7-0 run capped by a block by Addo-Ashong and Carlson to take a 7-2 lead. The Bulldogs called for a timeout, but it did not slow down the Sagehens as they followed up with a 6-1 run to extend the lead 13-3. The Bulldogs never managed to close the gap to stay in the game as Pomona-Pitzer scored five straight points after leading 16-10 for an 11-point advantage. Kelly finished the set with an emphatic kill off a clean toss from Carlson to close the set 25-12 as the Sagehens led 2-0.

The Bulldogs refused to go away, opening the set with a 4-0 run thanks to some key blocks by Sofia Olsson. Trailing 6-2, the Sagehens responded with a 4-0 run of their own. The two sides battled back and forth until the Sagehens went scored three straight points, the last one earned by a huge block from Kelly and Carlson, to take a 14-11 lead. With the Sagehens ahead 16-13, Martin went to the ground from the back to dig a hard-hit attack. The ball travelled in Britnie Casillas who delivered an easy set to Addo-Ashong for an emphatic kill to put the Hens ahead 17-13. The Bulldogs never came close to stealing the match as a kill by Janssen ended the third set 25-18, completing the Sagehens sweep.

Up Next:  The Sagehens will travel to Caltech on Friday, October 20, to take on the Beavers at 7:00 p.m.